At the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs meeting this Monday, 6 of the 7 other school districts with a Thunderbird mascot spoke about their potential plans for getting rid of the name and logo. Unlike Johnson Elementary in Montrose, these schools have not yet been added to the list of schools not in compliance with Senate Bill 21-116. 

However, they were notified recently that the commission will be reviewing their mascots and may be adding them to the list at the next quarterly meeting on May 19. Many of the school districts voiced their concerns about potentially being found in violation of the law just 12 days before the June 1, 2022 deadline. There’s a chance that the schools would be given an extra year if an amendment to the school finance act passes through the state legislature, which would happen by the time the legislative session ends on May 12. 

In the audio clips below, you will hear from Principal at Johnson Elementary (Fort Collins) Georgianna Dawson, Superintendent at Sangre de Cristo School District David Crews, Superintendent at Cheyenne Mountain School District David Peak, Superintendent at Cherry Creek School District Christopher Smith, and Superintendent at Aurora Public Schools Rico Munn. 

The final clip in the audio segment is from Chairman Manuel Hart of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, who spoke about the significance of the Thunderbird as a Native symbol.