Bill Allows Native American Mascots

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate will hear details of a proposed bill Wednesday that would give schools the ability to continue using tribal logos and images.

Their is a stipulation; the schools must reach an agreement with the nearest tribal government.

At Rogue River High School, the principal says the chieftan name and heritage is important to the school’s tradition.

“The chieftan mascot, the name, the tradition has always been used in a way to honor and respect the Native Americans and their culture, and it’s something our students and our community is proud of,” said Jesse Pershin, Rogue River Principal.

Pershin says if the bill passes, he is ready to work with local tribes to make sure they are in compliance with state laws.

The Oregon Senate will vote on the bill Thursday.

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