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SF 3609

as introduced - 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024) Posted on 02/15/2024 02:56pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; repealing the American Indian mascot prohibition; repealing
Minnesota Statutes 2023 Supplement, section 121A.041.


Section 1. new text begin REPEALER.
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new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2023 Supplement, section 121A.041, new text end new text begin is repealed.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment for
the 2024-2025 school year and later.
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Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 24-06055


Subdivision 1.


(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given.

(b) "American Indian" means an individual who is:

(1) a member of an Indian Tribe or Band, as membership is defined by the Tribe or Band, including:

(i) any Tribe or Band terminated since 1940; and

(ii) any Tribe or Band recognized by the state in which the Tribe or Band resides;

(2) a descendant, in the first or second degree, of an individual described in clause (1);

(3) considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose;

(4) an Inuit, Aleut, or other Alaska Native; or

(5) a member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as in effect the day preceding October 20, 1994.

(c) "District" means a district under section 120A.05, subdivision 8.

(d) "Mascot" means any human, nonhuman animal, or object used to represent a school and its population.

(e) "Public school" or "school" means a public school under section 120A.05, subdivisions 9, 11, 13, and 17, and a charter school under chapter 124E.

Subd. 2.

Prohibition on American Indian mascots.

(a) Starting September 1, 2025, a public school may not have or adopt a name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian Tribe, individual, custom, or tradition to be used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead, or team name of the school, district, or school within the district, unless the school has obtained an exemption under subdivision 3.

(b) The prohibition in paragraph (a) does not apply to a public school located within the reservation of a federally recognized Tribal Nation in Minnesota, where at least 95 percent of students meet the state definition of American Indian student.

Subd. 3.


A public school may seek an exemption to subdivision 2 by submitting a request in writing to all 11 federally recognized Tribal Nations in Minnesota and to the Tribal Nations Education Committee by September 1, 2023. The exemption is denied if any of the 11 Tribal Nations or the Tribal Nations Education Committee oppose the exemption by December 15, 2023. A public school whose request for an exemption is denied must comply with subdivision 2 by September 1, 2025.