August 15, 2022

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Colorado schools face $25K monthly fine for their “Thunderbird” mascots

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A commission that has worked for nearly a year to rid more than two dozen Colorado public schools of American Indian mascots is now targeting seven additional schools as the statewide compliance deadline nears.

All the schools are the Thunderbirds, named after a mythical bird that was important to several tribes.

The action could come on May 19, at the next quarterly meeting of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, Executive Director Kathryn Redhorse said at a meeting on April 6. The commission is charged with enforcing Senate Bill 116, which passed last year and gave schools until June 1 to eliminate American Indian mascots or face fines of $25,000 a month. 

The May meeting is the last chance this year for the 12 schools still on a list released last summer to be removed.

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Sue McMillin

2022-04-13 04:16:00

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