Legislature could alter Native American mascot ban

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by Evan Sernoffsky

kgw.com

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 30 at 4:55 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Three bills introduced in Salem attempt to weaken the state Board of Education's 2012 decision to prohibit Native American mascots.

Schools with Native American mascots, nicknames and logos have just over four years to comply with the ban or risk losing their state funding.

Senate Bill 215 and House Bill 3397 would let schools keep their mascots if they get the blessing of a local tribe. Senate Bill 501, meanwhile, would prohibit the state Board of Education from withholding money.

During a public hearing this week supporters of Senate Bill 215 said giving Oregon tribes some say in whether schools keep their mascots represents a reasonable compromise.

Sen. Mark Hass heads the committee that's considering the bills. He told The Register-Guard he's not sure whether the bills will advance.
 

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