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Lamar High School drops “Savage” from its mascot name as 10 new schools are found in violation of state law

Lamar High School cannot use the term “Savage” in any form in its school mascot name. Not Savages. Not Savage Thunder. That was the decision Thursday of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, which added 10 more schools — all with Thunderbird mascots — to a list of those not in compliance with a state […]

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12 Colorado schools still face monthly $25K fines under new law banning American Indian mascots

Eleven schools were removed Thursday from a list of schools that were not in compliance with a new state law banning the use of American Indian mascots, leaving 12 schools facing fines of $25,000 a month if they haven’t complied by June 1. Montrose County School District issued a swift rebuke to the Colorado Commission […]

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Colorado school dropped its Native American mascot but can’t get off list with others facing hefty state fine

A lower Arkansas River Valley school that dropped its Native American mascot in response to a new state law banning their use remains on a list of noncompliant schools that face hefty fines. In early December, a state board declined to remove Avondale Elementary School from a list of 26 schools that have failed to […]

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New Colorado law banning most American Indian mascots forces schools to confront cultural shifts

Faced with a new state law requiring the elimination of most American Indian mascots, a handful of Colorado schools are delving into their histories and having community-wide discussions about what a nickname, mascot or logo should represent. In Lamar, that means sticking by its Savages nickname, even if images and logos must be changed. And […]

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When the Union soldier fell at the Colorado Capitol, it may have started a chain reaction

When the statue of a Union soldier that stood on the west side of the state Capitol was toppled and defaced by protesters in June, it did more than reignite a long-running conversation about public monuments and their meaning. It also started a chain reaction that could add new dimension and additional context to the […]