Community members push for a renaming of the Roseburg High's mascot

In 2016, Roseburg Public Schools made an agreement with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to keep the name.

Posted: Aug 9, 2020 6:00 PM
Updated: Aug 9, 2020 6:52 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.-- Some in the Roseburg community are demanding the high school to change the name of its mascot.

In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement, professional sports teams and universities are considering a name change for their mascots.

Now there is a call for the Roseburg High School Indians to be named something else. Asher Bruner was at a small demonstration outside of the school Sunday afternoon, and they said they want a mascot inclusive for everybody.

"My voice needs to be heard because I am white and I can go anywhere I want to and feel safe," Bruner said. "I need that for them, for all of the indigenous lives, for all black lives, for all Hispanic lives."

In 2016, Roseburg Public Schools made an agreement with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to keep the name.

This came four years after the Oregon Department of Education banned all public schools from having Native-American based mascots. Schools in violation of the new rule had to change their name by 2017 or lose state funding.

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