CRS 22-1-133 Prohibit American Indian Mascots

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 the SB21-116's page on the Colorado General Assembly site.

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


5.31.2022 Updated SB21-116 Implementation Process


Guidance for Commissioners to Consider


School Mascot Notification Process


Schools out of compliance with CRS 22-1-133 - Updated on 5/31/24 at 2:59 PM.

  • Arvada High School, Jefferson County School District