State Rep. Dan Lauwers today commended the U.S. Department of Education for dismissing a complaint by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights that could have ended the use of American Indian images and mascots at state public schools.Lauwers introduced legislation that would have saved funding for the targeted schools if the complaint had been successful. The cost to change mascots would have been shouldered by the state civil rights department, under the legislation. “The U.S. Department of Education thoroughly reviewed the complaint and came to the correct and just conclusion,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “The ill-conceived complaint was misguided from the beginning. You know the whole issue was senseless when the federal government is the voice of reason.” The Michigan Department of Civil Rights complaint did not have sufficient information to suggest racial discrimination exists, according to the federal decision. ”My hope now is that the state civil rights department would see the wisdom of the federal decision and stop any additional efforts to target these schools,” Lauwers said. The civil rights department’s complaint listed 35 school districts, including the Capac High School Chiefs and Port Huron Big Reds.