Board Bans Native American Mascots in Oregon Schools

By Brandi Smith

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Education voted Thursday to ban Native American mascots in Oregon schools.

The vote gives Oregon some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos.

Eight high schools, including the Roseburg Indians, will need to change their nickname by July 2017 or lose state money.

Roseburg’s superintendent says he’s frustrated because the change will cost about $400,000.

“It was real clear that the state board feels no responsibility for that financial burden on school districts. They basically suggested, maybe the local tribes can help,” said Larry Parsons.

Seven schools identified as the warriors, Oakridge included, only have to alter their mascot.

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