The Colorado Sun had an interesting article explaining different Colorado school district reactions to having to change their mascot. Lamar School District wants to keep the name "Savages," while Yuma School District wants to change the name to "Tribe" from the current mascot, "Indians." The Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs told both districts that the names are not likely to be found compliant with the law.
Lamar argues that they could still use the word "Savages" without referring to Native American imagery, while Yuma argues the word "Tribe" doesn't have explicitly Native American connotations.
Still, the article explains that "Lamar has long used the Savages nickname along with Native American logos and imagery and in the 1980s had “Chief Ugh Lee” as the mascot. The Yuma Indians also have used Native American imagery and mascots."
Lamar will have a mascot committee decide between moving forward with a rebranded "Savages" name or picking a new mascot. Yuma already had a committee come up with new names, with Tribe being the favorite. Montrose also got a shoutout as the school district presented its case on rebranding Johnson Elementary's "Thunderbird" logo, but the commission's board had no comments.
All of the districts' level of compliance will be analyzed for the first time in March, when the board of the CCIA will meet.
What do you think about the decision's of Yuma and Lamar school districts? Or for that matter, what do you think about Montrose's decision to fight the Johnson Elementary change? It's certainly interesting to see how different communities have reacted to the new law, as well as the different histories and contexts behind each district's mascot.