Use of Zia sun symbol up for discussion in state legislation

Posted at: 12/22/2013 10:44 PM
Updated at: 12/22/2013 10:47 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

From jewelry and hats to even tattoos the proud Zia sun symbol is flaunted everywhere you go in New Mexico.

State senator Michael Padilla says the mainstream attention to the symbol has pushed him to introduce a piece of legislation during the next session.

“If this memorial makes its way through the New Mexico Senate we are going to finally have an answer to what does the Zia symbol mean, how is it protected and what we should use it for,” said Padilla.

He says The Zia Pueblo and The State Cultural Services Department will come together and make that determination.

Then, the state can create laws about the Zia’s use.

“I invite all New Mexicans to take part in this study,” Padilla said, “The symbol is all of ours.”

But tattoo artists rest assured, Padilla says it is unlikely the report will come to banning the use of the symbol.

For Padilla, it is about protecting an icon that embodies what New Mexicans treasure.

The legislative session begins January 21st.

Only the New Mexico senate would need to vote to approve this idea.

By the way, a USA Today poll voted the New Mexico flag as the best state flag in the country.