- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two Native American student groups want the University of New Mexico to change its official seal which depicts a frontiersman and a Spanish conquistador.

The Daily Lobo reports (https://goo.gl/y5PQkx) that the Red Nation and Kiva Club say the seal is racist toward Native Americans because it reflects the state’s violent past.

Both groups plan to submit a petition to the Board of Regents to abolish the seal.

Policy and Administrative Planning director Pamina Deutsch says the seal was ratified by the Board of Regents in September 1969.

The groups also are demanding the reconstruction of the Native American cultural center, formation of a council of elders at the Board of Regents comprised of leaders from surrounding pueblos and the demand of tuition waivers for federally recognized tribes.

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Information from: Daily Lobo, https://www.dailylobo.com


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