SOUTH BEND - With legislation now passed and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, South Bend School District must change its Indian mascot. Going into effect July 25 is SHB 1356, a bill prohibiting Washington schools from using Native American names, symbols, and images as school mascots, logos, or team names, and requires all schools to be in compliance by January, 2022. For South Bend HS, Henry Hackadoo will have to go too.
"The district must comply with all Washington state laws," South Bend Superintendent Dr. Jon Tienhaara told the Herald. "There are always multiple opinions and feelings with sensitive issues such as this, we will do our best to comply as required." The district is doing its best to comply with the law. We are mandated to make the change before Jan 1, 2022."