Native American Mascot Resolution
Adopted on September 24, 1993
WHEREAS, all school districts are asked to review building names, mascots, logos, activities, events, portrayal of caricatures, and behaviors to ensure that such references and activities are free from bias and derogatory connotations or effects associated with race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and disability; and
WHEREAS, behaviors should be reviewed with the objective of assuring respect for cultural differences, values, and attitudes to treat individuals with respect, dignity and fairness.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Washington State Board of Education requests school districts review and reevaluate their policies and practices in the areas listed above and send a brief report describing the process used, and the results to the Washington State Board of Education no later than September 30, 1994; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that consistent with the Washington State Board of Education's philosophy relating to local control, schools, and school districts are requested to actively involve their students and communities in the discussions and review; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this review process will provide an opportunity for all students, teachers, board members, parents, and the other community members to broaden their knowledge and understanding regarding diversity and differing attitudes and perceptions; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is further requested that a copy of this resolution be read aloud at a meeting of the school directors in every school district in the state of Washington, as well as before the student bodies of each middle school and high school, and that this resolution be made available to parents and members of the community.
About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The board is comprised of 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member.