Montrose High School set to change mascot

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 4:48 PM MDT
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MONTROSE, Colo. (KJCT) - A recently passed bill, which Governor Polis is expected to sign into law soon, bans Native American mascots at public schools. To avoid a monthly fine of $25,000 Montrose High School will need to select a new mascot by June 1st 2022.

Montrose High School’s current mascot is the Indians. The mascot for Centennial Middle School is the Braves and the official logo is a Native American man wearing a headdress. The schools have had these mascots for years so feelings are strong on both sides when it comes to changing the mascot. Superintendent Carrie Stephenson stated, “For people that have been in Montrose, a mascot is a very personal thing. No one wants to change their mascot so we have a variety of opinions we are hearing about. Some supportive and some not supportive. So we are going to try and handle this in the most collaborative way possible.”

Before new mascots are finalized, the school district will assess how much the switch will cost. Montrose Schools can apply for state-funded grants to finance the mandated changes. Governor Polis’ press secretary released a statement saying the governor will continue to help ensure school districts have resources they need to make changes, facilitate conversations with tribes, and help make sure every child feels safe at school.

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