Bill to prohibit public schools' use of Native names, symbols as mascots passes state House

OLYMPIA – A bill that would prohibit public schools from using Native American names, symbols or images as mascots or logos passed the state House of Representatives.

The bill, which passed 92-5, now heads to the Senate for further consideration. If it passes, public schools would have to change their mascot, logo or team name beginning Jan. 1, 2022. It does not apply to school names.

“Native Americans are Americans,” Rep. Debra Lekanoff, D-Bow, said. “We are not animals. We are not those you make a mockery of.”

The bill exempts some public schools if they are located on tribal land or in a county adjacent to tribal land,

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