School Team Name\Mascot & Substitute House Bill 1356
During the recent session of the Washington State Legislature, SHB 1356 was passed and subsequently signed into law by Governor Inslee. SHB 1356 goes into effect on July 25, 2021. The bill prohibits Washington schools from using Native American names, symbols, and images as school mascots, logos, or team names, and requires all schools be in compliance by January, 2022. Being the "Indians", South Bend High School is required to change its team name under this new law.
In compliance with the law, the South Bend School District Board of Directors has directed the formation of a committee to conduct a process for selecting a new school team name\mascot. The committee has been formed and consists of school staff, community members, alumni, tribal members, and students. At their first meeting held this week, the committee identified several possible team names with the additional option of a "write-in" choice.
South Bend students will now have the opportunity to give input before the school year ends and the South Bend community will have the opportunity to provide input in the coming weeks. Once input from students and the community is collected, a recommendation from the committee will be made to the board of directors. The goal is to select a new team name prior to the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.
Information on how the community can provide input will be forthcoming.