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 6/1/23 at 11:14 AM
Sangre de Cristo School District
Sangre de Cristo Elementary School- Thunderbirds
Sangre de Cristo Undivided High School- Thunderbirds