A bill introduced Wednesday in the Colorado legislature would require schools to get state approval to use Native American-themed nicknames.
Basically, Senate Bill 10-107 would mandate that any public or charter high school “that uses an American Indian mascot to either cease using the American Indian mascot or obtain approval for the continued use of the American Indian mascot or another American Indian mascot from the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs.”
The deadline for doing that would be July 31, 2013, and any school that ignored the law after that date would be fined $1,000 a month.
No count was immediately available on how many schools have such mascots. But, Colorado does have several teams named the Indians. La Veta High School’s teams are named the Redskins, and Lamar High School uses Savages.
Brace yourself for lively committee and floor debates about cultural sensitivity, political correctness, legislative meddling, local control and school traditions.