Should public schools in Colorado be allowed to use Native American mascots? The nationwide issue is once again taking center stage in Colorado.
The Governor’s Commission on Indian Representation met at Strasburg High School Monday night.
Strasburg’s mascot is the Indians and its logo features the facial profile of a Native American in a large headdress.
“We want to be respectful,” said Strasburg High School principal, Jeff Rasp. “And we don’t want any part of what we portray to be disrespectful to anyone.”
“(Our logo) is respectful,” said Rasp. “It’s not a caricature. I think we’ve tried to bring honor and respect to the tribes. We know that any Indian mascot may be considered derogatory. We just feel like ours is not.”
Strasburg High school senior Lindsey Nichols is appointed to the commission. For the past year, she has been reaching out to tribes like the northern Arapahoe and southern Cheyenne who are both native to Strasburg.
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