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On Monday, Gov. Jared Polis signed SB21-116 banning native American mascots in all k-12 public schools, charter schools, and public universities in Colorado.
Exemptions exist for institutions on tribal land, as reported by Ed News Colorado. Institutions refusing to abide will be fined $25,000 for every month the institution continues to violate the banned, as stated in the bill. “The bill prohibits the use of American Indian mascots (mascots) by public schools, including charter and institute charter schools, and public institutions of higher education (public school) as of June 1, 2022. The bill imposes a fine of $25,000 per month for each month that a public school continues to use a mascot after such date, payable to the state education fund.”
The Denver Post reports that institutions named after a native tribe are allowed to keep the name as long as images or symbols are left out. Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs will be given the task to report institutions that continue to use native American mascots after June 1, 2022. The outlet further reports that various native tribes, such as the Ute Nation, Southern Ute Nation and Northern Arapaho Tribe, assisted lawmakers on the legislation.
ARTICLE: LAURA RAMIREZ
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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