Little Owl, the school’s Native American Student Services Director, pulled the highly successful stunt to bring attention to the insulting nature of Indian-themed nicknames.
So he likes the idea of the bill proposed by Colorado state Rep. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, that would prohibit the state’s public and charter schools from using such mascots unless OK’d by the state Indian Affairs Commission. We posted a little about the bill here last week, and today’s Greeley (Colo.) Tribune has this story that adds detail.
Schools that fail to comply could face fines of $1,000 a month, the Tribune’s Nate Miller reports.“Many Native Americans look at the Reds or the Savages as very detrimental labels for themselves,” Williams, who is Native American, tells Miller. “They don’t see themselves that way. And it’s the question, would you want your children to be called Savages?”
Some in Eaton, Colo., whose mascot is Fightin’ Red, take offense at Williams’ bill. While they give a nod to schools like Arapahoe High in suburban Denver – which sought and gained permission from the Northern Arapaho tribal leaders in Wyoming to keep using the nickname – they say Williams’ bill goes too far.
Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, who was a member of the Eaton school board, dissed the bill as political correctness.
“I think it’s clearly a local control issue,” he tells Miller. “For the state to be stepping into that area I think is really outrageous.”
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