Native American mascots under debate in Colorado

March 23, 2015
Photo: Indian painting dunking basketballRachel Estabrook/CPR News
A painting on the wall of the gym at La Veta High School, which was painted by a local artist, according to school board member Eleanor Foley.

A bill up for its first hearing Monday in the Colorado House would require public schools with American Indian mascots or logos to get permission from a panel of nine Native Americans.

The bill would create a new state panel called the Subcommittee for the Consideration of the Use of American Indian Mascots by Public Schools. The voting members would be members of an American Indian tribe.

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