For months we have been wondering what was going to happen to the Central Warriors mascot and now we know.

Colorado Governor Bans Indian Mascots

Last summer, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed legislation banning Native American Mascots in public schools. Schools were given a deadline of June 1, 2022 to make changes to Native American portrayals or face a  $25,000 monthly fine.

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What the Bill Says

Senate Bill 21-116 prohibits public schools from using American Indian mascots after June 1 of this year. The exceptions are schools that have an agreement with a federally recognized tribe or schools operated by a tribe.

"Every school that is required to come into compliance with SB21-116..... will discontinue the use of an American Indian mascot, which is defined by SB21-116 as “a name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian tribe, individual, custom, or tradition that is used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead, or team name for the school,” and share whether a replacement mascot has been selected." - Senate Bil 21-116


Central High School Unveils New Logo

Central High School in Grand Junction unveiled its new logo at a school assembly in the school gymnasium. What we learned is that the Warrior name is not going away - just the Indian mascot representation of the mascot. As you can see in the photo, it's still going to be the Central Warriors. The new logo illustrates a warrior shield covered by a large letter "C".  You can see the unveiling of the logo in the video at the bottom of this post.

Mesa County Valley School District 51
Mesa County Valley School District 51

Colorado Schools With American Indian Mascots

About two dozen Colorado schools that have American Indian mascots or imagery are being affected by the legislation signed by Governor Jared Polis which bans the use of such mascots. Here is a list of Colorado schools that must make changes and those that don't have to.

Colorado Big Box Store Bans Central High School Students During School Hours

Check out the reaction from parents and students in Grand Junction after Walmart and Central High School agree to ban students from the store on E 1/2 Road during school hours.

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