Tribal member willing to cover up his art at school with American Indian nickname

SAUGATUCK (AP) — The man who painted a mural of an American Indian at a school gym in 1975 said he’s willing to cover it up if the western Michigan district drops the nickname.

The 800-student Saugatuck district discussed the issue Monday during a school board meeting held by video conference. The superintendent and board president last week said it’s time to re-examine the Indians nickname.

“I’m considering doing that labor, doing that work with no charge at all and I’m also considering, depending on the vote and the community at large, painting a new logo at no charge,” John Fox, a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, told the board.