(Oct. 6) – Reps. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, and Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, who sponsored a bill this year to review the use of American Indian mascots by public schools in Colorado, applauded Gov. John Hickenlooper today for signing an executive order to achieve the same goal – treating America’s first peoples with respect.
“When Rep. Melton and I addressed this issue last legislative session, we met with members of the American Indian community who were concerned that their heritage was being disrespected,” Rep. Salazar said. “With the governor’s apology for the Sand Creek Massacre last year, and this important step today, we have made small but significant steps as a state in directly addressing these symbols of prejudice.”
The governor’s executive order creates a commission to study American Indian representations in public schools and seeks to open a constructive dialogue that will allow American Indians’ voices to be heard.
“Colorado has set an example for the rest of the country on showing respect for our nation’s native peoples,” Rep. Melton said.