A concern was recently raised by a school district official regarding use of Native American images, mascots, and team names. This agency's response was twofold:
- To provide a resource for impacted school officials, the Iowa Department of Education (DE) conducted a survey of districts that have a Native American team name. The results were sent to those districts who responded to the survey as a means of providing information to a school leader who desires to talk about the subject in his or her community.
- A joint public statement was issued by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, School Administrators of Iowa, the Iowa Association of School Boards, and the DE regarding this issue.
Native American Images, Mascots, or Team Names