University of New Mexico eyes cost of changing seal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)The board of regents of New Mexico‘s largest university has voted not to overhaul its half-century old seal amid concerns by Native American students.

However, the University of New Mexico board of regents voted last week to explore the cost of changing its seal that features a Spanish conquistador and a frontiersman. That means the board could change the seal in the future.

Native American student groups wanted the University of New Mexico to scrap the seal that depicts a rifle-toting frontiersman and a sword-carrying Spanish conquistador. They say it represents the frontier’s violent era.

But some Hispanic activists oppose removing the conquistador since they say it represents the state’s Hispanic heritage.

The board did approve measures that would explore “the mechanism for redesigning the seal” and another that would determine the cost. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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