DENVER
03/23/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

American Indian Mascots Would Require State Approval Under New Bill

A state lawmaker who is one-quarter Comanche wants high schools with American Indian mascots to get approval from a state board.

Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, said one concern is mascots that portray Native Americans as caricatures, "with a funny nose or something."

She praised Arapahoe High School's handling of its mascot, the Warriors, and said she would like to see other schools follow suit.

But another lawmaker said her proposal is a "pathetic attempt to circumvent local control."

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