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.
Schools with American Indian Mascots and/or Imagery
Lamar School District:
Lamar High School- Savages
Mountain Valley School District RE-1
Mountain Valley School- Indians
Arickaree School District
Arickaree Elementary School- Indians
Arickaree Undivided High School 6-12- Indians
Elbert County School District
Kiowa Elementary School- Indians
Kiowa Middle School- Indians
Kiowa High School- Indians
Sanford School District
Sanford Elementary School- Indians
Sanford Junior/Senior High School- Indians
Yuma School District
Kenneth P. Morris Elementary School- Indians
Yuma Middle School- Indians
Yuma High School- Indians
Mesa Valley School District
Central High School- Warriors
St. Vrain Valley School District
Frederick High School- Warriors
Montrose School District
Johnson Elementary School- Thunderbirds
Centennial Middle School- Braves
Montrose High School- Indians
Weldon Valley School District
Weldon Valley PK-6- Warriors
Weldon Valley Junior/Senior High School- Warriors
Campo School District
Campo Elementary School- Warriors
Campo Junior/Senior High School- Warriors
Pueblo County Rural 70 School District
Avondale Elementary School- Apache Indians
Colorado Springs School District
Community Prep School- Warriors
Eaton School District*
Eaton High School
Eaton Middle School
Eaton Elementary School
*Eaton School District has begun the process of removing the American Indian imagery from their mascot, but retaining the name “Reds.” The district has a documented history of use of this name before the American Indian imagery was added in the 1960’s.
Schools with Agreements with Tribes
These two high schools can retain their mascot as long as they continue their partnership with a Tribe.
Littleton Public Schools
Arapahoe High School- Warriors
The Arapaho Nation endorsed the use of the "Arapahoe Warrior" logo for school activities. A proclamation was signed in 1993 which stipulates the exchange and agreement between the Arapahoe Nation and the school. Since the endorsement and signing of the proclamation, an ongoing cultural and educational relationship has been nurtured and valued. In 1994, the school renamed its gymnasium in honor of Arapaho Elder Anthony Sitting Eagle.
Strasburg School District
Strasburg School District - Indians
Strasburg School District has partnered with the Northern Arapaho Tribe for its use of the Indian mascot and presented a formal resolution to the tribe acknowledging the partnership and the support of respectful relations, increased American Indian education, and cultural exchanges to the tribal business council.
Please view the SB21-116 Implementation Process by clicking the link below.