Board of Regents to vote Tuesday to ban Native American names, mascots and images in schools
The Board of Regents is meeting starting today, and set to vote tomorrow, to ban Native American mascots, names and imagery -- a move that will affect many schools across the state.
The ban will require public schools using Native American mascots, team names and logos to change the names and remove the imagery by the end of the 2024-2025 school year.
Some school districts in the Hudson Valley have already retired their Native American mascots including Minisink Valley and Wappingers.
Many in school athletics say a mascot change could be a huge expense.
The school districts will have until June 2025 to make the changes if the vote is approved.
Schools that do not comply could be ineligible to receive state aid.