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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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Lamar and Yuma schools cling to Savages and Tribe after being told to drop Native American mascots

The Lamar and Yuma school districts were told last week that their preferred team names – Savages and Tribe, respectively — likely would not comply with a new Colorado law that bans the use of Native American mascots. “Savages is probably the worst word I’ve heard out there, out of all of them,” said Manuel […]

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Rural Colorado students sue to block law demanding 26 schools shed their Native American mascots 

A lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court challenges the constitutionality of a new Colorado law requiring public schools to get rid of Native American mascots, logos and imagery by next summer or face massive fines. In its opening salvo, the lawsuit suggests that a law that similarly forbade the use of the name […]

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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 […]