Colorado schools may need permission to use Indian mascots
DENVER, Colorado – Some state lawmakers are concerned about the use of American Indian mascots at public schools.
A bill introduced this week would require schools to stop using such mascots unless they get permission from the state’s Indian affairs commission.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Suzanne Williams and Rep. Nancy Todd. Williams is the only registered American Indian serving in Colorado’s Legislature.
Under the measure (Senate Bill 107) schools would have until July 1, 2013 to try to get permission to either continue using their mascots or to use another Indian mascot. If they don’t get permission and continue to use it anyway, they would be fined $1,000 a month.
No hearing has been set for the bill yet.
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