New York Bans Schools From Having Native American Mascots

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters in the Red Room about legislation passed during a special legislative session, Friday, July 1, 2022, at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
  • The New York Board of Regents banned public schools in the Empire State from using Native American mascots, as schools across the country have eschewed indigenous imagery for their school spirit.
  • On a unanimous vote, the board enacted the new policy that will require any public schools that have a Native American mascot to change it by the end of the 2024-2025 school year. Schools that wish to keep their mascot must receive approval from a Native American group.
  • Mascots that must be changed include “warriors” or “raiders” unless they do not contain any Native American imagery. “Chiefs,” “Indians,” or “Tomahawks” must be changed, or state funds could be withheld from the school.