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Colorado’s geographic renaming board begins process of scrubbing Native American slur from 28 sites

The flurry of approvals marked a rare moment of rapid decision making. The state board had officially recommended changing just two features since it began meeting in the fall of 2020

Outdoors

A Native-inclusive safe campsite has opened in Denver. But some lament loss of community.

Indigenous people account for an outsized percentage of homeless people in Denver. Sweeping their camps repeats the historical harms of forced displacement, advocates say.

Equity

Interior secretary orders removal of racist terms, aims to change place names

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term

Outdoors

SunLit Excerpt: In “Mariano’s Woman,” a mother seeks her dead daughter’s spirit-being

Author David M. Jessup introduces a native woman whose quest to reconnect with her child winds through cultural clashes and enduring spiritual questions

SunLit

After years of calls to correct its whitewashed history, Fort Lewis College is owning up to its Indian boarding school past

The origin of Fort Lewis College in Durango is a dark stain on American education and the state of Colorado. The school’s own leaders have said as much.

Education

A new Colorado law granting Native Americans in-state college tuition is already attracting students

The goal of Senate Bill 29 is to increase the number of Native American students who attend – and are successful – in college

Education

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

Critics resisting the new rule cite tradition, state overreach and the high cost to change team names like Redskins, Savages, Indians and Warriors. Some plan to sue to keep the mascots.

Education

Grand Junction high school prepares to retire Warrior mascot as Polis signs prohibition into law

Schools have until June 2022 to retire mascots that use Native American images or names. If they don't, they can be fined $25,000 a month.

Politics and Government

25 Colorado schools still had Native American mascots. This week one finally decided to make a change.

Cheyenne Mountain High School’s decision didn't come without controversy. But Black Lives Matter protests and Senate Bill 116 pushed the effort forward.

Education

Opinion: 156 years later, we still have much to learn from the Sand Creek Massacre

Opinion Columns

Two northern Colorado schools retire their Native American mascots

The Thompson School District Board of Education voted unanimously last week to retire the Loveland High School Indian mascot and the Bill Reed Middle School Warrior mascot

Education

Opinion: William Perry Pendley is unfit to manage my Indigenous homelands

Opinion Columns

Cash or card? Coronavirus further shifted society away from currency, toward digital payments

Consumers already favored electronic transactions before the pandemic, but online commerce during the stay-at-home order and early fears of virus transmission accelerated the move

Coronavirus

Shifting cultural winds amplify calls to rename Colorado’s peaks, valleys and creeks

Mount Evans, Squaw Mountain and Chinaman Gulch are among the geographic landmarks that are being eyed for renaming

Outdoors

It’s not just Colorado’s mountains: Outdoor industry brands, climbing routes also targeted for name changes

Golden's Yeti Cycles may drop the word "tribe" to describe annual gatherings, and climbing route names are changing as people grow weary of appropriated words and offensive terms used to label events and places.

Outdoors

A cartoonish Native American towering over Durango has divided the city. Should “the chief” stay or go?

The fate of the sign should be determined by “enlightened dialogue and not through mob rule,” says Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who wrote federal law protecting some monuments.

Culture

To understand the future of the Colorado River, look to a frowny, eel-faced fish: the humpback chub

Talks to revise water-use agreements are set to begin later this year as Colorado River flows shrink. The fate of the humpback chub helps explain the challenge.

Environment

4 out of 5 Native American women are survivors of domestic or sexual violence. A Colorado Springs garden is helping them recover.

A vacant lot has been converted into the Haseya Indigenous Healing Garden, where Native women who have experienced violence can come together, garden, connect with others and use traditional ways of healing to make a life change

Coloradans

To right historic wrongs, Colorado museums embraced spirit of a law that repatriated Native American artifacts and remains — largely by listening

Leaders like History Colorado’s recently retired Sheila Goff have fostered trust and helped repair generations of damage and disrespect

Coloradans