Legislation

On June 28, 2021, Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 21-116 (SB 21-116): “Prohibit American Indian Mascots." The bill prohibits the use of American Indian mascots by schools, which includes: public schools, charter and institute charter schools, and public institutions of higher education (collectively, public school) as of June 1, 2022. The public school mascot prohibition does not apply to:

 

  • Agreements that are compliant with SB 21-116 between a federally recognized Indian Tribe and a public school; or
  • Any public school that is operated by a Tribe or with the approval of a Tribe and existing within the boundaries of the Tribe's reservation.

 

For more information on SB21-116 please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-116.

 

Please view the SB21-116 Implementation Process by clicking the links below.

 

 

 

 

Guidance for Commissioners to Consider

 

Schools out of compliance with SB21-116 - Updated on 09/8/2022 at 3:12PM

Aurora Public Schools

Hinkley High School- Thunderbirds

Cherry Creek School District

Arrowhead Elementary- Thunderbirds

Thunder Ridge Middle School- Thunderbirds

Cheyenne Mountain School District

Cheyenne Mountain Middle School- Thunderbirds

Mesa County Valley School District

Thunder Mountain Elementary School- Thunderbirds

 

Sangre de Cristo School District

Sangre de Cristo Elementary School- Thunderbirds

Sangre de Cristo Undivided High School- Thunderbirds