The New York State Department of Education (NYSDE) on Thursday ordered all public schools in the state to stop using Native American references in team names, logos and mascots by the end of the 2022-23 school year, or face fines. Face it.
Which was announced. In a memo Districts across the state discriminated against the use of Native American-themed images in schools.
“School districts that continue to use Native American team names, logos, and/or imagery without the current approval of a recognized tribe,” NYSDE Senior Deputy Commissioner James Baldwin wrote in the memo.
Baldwin wrote that schools that fail to comply will be considered a willful violation of New York’s Dignity for All Students Act. Consequences for violating the Dignity Act include “dismissal of school officials and withholding of state aid,” the memo said.
The Dignity Act, signed into law in 2010, was established to provide students with a supportive school environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, taunting and bullying.
The concept of banning Native American mascots in New York is not new. In 2001, the former Commissioner of Education issued a statement that such mascots could be a “disruption to a safe and nurturing learning environment”. At that time, many school districts complied with the commissioner’s memorandum, but several others did not.
Thursday’s ruling cited a ruling. 2021 case which established that “public school districts are prohibited from using Native American mascots.” in this In this case, the Commissioner of Education presented several studies supporting the banning of Native American mascots and team names.
Oh 2020 Literature Review Baldwin’s memo found that the use of these names had a negative impact on local communities by reinforcing stereotypes. Similarly, the New York Association of School Psychologists determined that the use of Native imagery harmed both Native and non-Native students.
Currently, the only case in which schools can use Native imagery is if they get permission from the tribe from which they take their name, the memo states.