ROSEBURG, Ore. — Supporters of the Roseburg High School mascot name change held a protest Wednesday afternoon to show the school board how serious they are about the issue.
The protest was held on the sidewalk outside Roseburg High School on Northeast Harvard Ave. About 20-30 people were in attendance, most of which consisted of Roseburg High School alumni, current students and community members.
Protesters stood outside from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then, they walked over to Roseburg High School to attend the Roseburg school board meeting.
“I just think it’s hard to be proud of your school when it’s just so behind on the times and is ok with dehumanizing a group of people," said Roseburg High School student Victoria Torvik.
Last week, the board collected community input regarding potentially changing the Roseburg Indians mascot name.
A subcommittee met Tuesday to discuss the results. District officials said they collected more than 2,000 responses, which included 680 physical letters that were sent straight to the district office.
District officials said they don’t expect the school board to vote on anything at the meeting because they want more time to go over the responses.
However, protester Angela Walker said it was still important to hold the protest and attend the meeting, even though nothing is being decided.
“We want people who are driving by that see our signs and read our signs and have conversations with us and actually talk to us and hear our sides of it," said Walker.
Efforts to change the Roseburg Indians name started last year when a group of alumni came to the school board claiming the mascot disrespects Native American cultures.
However, another group of alumni have also come forward against the movement. They claim the mascot name is an important part of Roseburg’s history.
Right now, they are collecting signatures in hopes of steering the school board away from resigning the mascot in the future.