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Green Bay diocese apologizes to 7th-grader

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is apologizing to a seventh-grader who was punished after using her native Menominee language in the classroom.

Miranda Washinawatok, a student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, said a teacher reprimanded her for exchanging phrases used by the Menominee Tribe of Indians with two other girls. She was later suspended from playing in a basketball game.

In a Feb. 22 letter, the diocese's director of education, Joseph Bound, said diocese officials wish they could change how the incident was handled. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports school principal Dan Minter also sent the family an apology.

The girl's great-uncle, Richard Plass, says they are pleased with the diocese's letter. He says he thinks it could result in more cultural awareness at the schools.

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Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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