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New Mexico school officially dumps Spanish conquistador name

New Mexico school officially dumps Spanish conquistador name Photo: Nathan J. Fish/Las Cruces Sun-News via AP

The Associated Press
Updated: August 06, 2020 06:32 AM
Created: August 06, 2020 06:31 AM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico school district has blocked efforts to repeal a vote to change the name of a high school named after a brutal Spanish conquistador.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the Las Cruces school board did not take a vote Tuesday to annul their decision last month to drop the name of Don Juan de Oñate y Salazar from a high school.

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Instead, the board voted to rename it Organ Mountain High School.

The proposal to change the name of the school comes amid a national conversation about monuments and names of institutions honoring historical figures linked to racism, slavery, and genocide.


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