California is the first state in the country to ban the use of the racial slur 'redskins' at its public schools.

BREAKING: California Governor Signs Bill Banning R-Word at Public Schools, Official Tweets

Simon Moya-Smith

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Sunday effectively banning the use of the word ‘redskins’ at public schools in the state, bill sponsor Assemblymember Luis Alejo tweeted.

California is the first state in the country to pass such a law. The deadline for Brown’s signature was set for today tonight at midnight.

"Today is a huge victory for Native American Civil Rights, and I hope it paves the way for all other states to create similar laws," Dakhkota Brown, a Native American youth who helped shepherd the legislation, wrote in an email to ICTMN. "Nobody's team or school pride should ever outweigh someone's cultural identity!"

UPDATE: Governor Brown's office confirmed he signed the bill into law, Alejo's office told ICTMN.

ICTMN is following this breaking news. More as it develops.

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