Bill That Would Fine Colorado Public Schools With Native American Mascots Moves Forward

Colorado schools with American Indian mascots will face steep fines under a bill that's making its way through the state legislature. The bill to ban them in public schools -- SB21-116 -- passed out of the state Senate on Friday.

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- Colorado schools that insist on keeping American Indian mascots will face steep fines under a bill making its way through the state. legislature. The bill to ban them in public schools just passed the Senate. It would impose a $25,000 monthly fine on schools that refuse to change mascots associated with Native Americans. This would affect a couple of dozen schools. A similar measure failed six years ago, but Senator Jessie Danielson says there's a lot more support for racial justice reforms today.

SEN. JESSIE DANIELSON: It's a real harmful practice. It hurts native kids, it hurts non-native kids, it perpetuates bad stereotypes. It's bad for our community in general, and it's far long overdue to do away with this practice.

- Under Danielson's bill, schools would have until June 1st to replace those mascots. Now schools like Arapahoe High School, that have permission from the tribe to use its mascot, might end up being exempt from the bill.