Oregon Public Schools Must Pick New Mascots by 2017

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 29th, 2015 Last Updated on: May 29th, 2015

As reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive, the Oregon Board of Education ruled that fourteen Oregon public schools will have to change their Native American-themed mascots.

State board members voted unanimously against an amendment that would have allowed schools to continue to call their athletic teams and other student organizations nicknames such as the Warriors, Braves, Indians and Chieftains.

“It's a great victory,” said Sam Sachs, one of the activists who has fought to ban the names. “They stood their ground and said we're not going to do it.”

KATU News also reported on the story from one of the schools in Scappoose, Oregon.

Great job to everyone that keeps fighting for the change!

For more dialogue on Native American Mascots you can visit Change the Mascot: http://www.changethemascot.org/ and STAR: http://www.racismagainstindians.org/UnderstandingMascots.htm

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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