Friday, May 18, 2012

Oregon Set to Ban Native American Mascots From Schools

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Eight Oregon High Schools will be forced to retire their Native American mascots, in the wake of a landmark vote for that state's Board of Education to impose some of the nation's toughest restrictions on Native American mascots, nicknames and logos.

The Associated Press reports that the high schools will have five years to change the nicknames or risk losing state funding. Another seven schools, which use the name "Warriors," will be allowed to keep the nickname but will be required to change mascots or any graphics that depict Native Americans.

In 2006, the Oregon Board adopted a nonbinding recommendation to stop using Native American images as mascots, but only a handful of schools complied.

Oregon Department of Education officials said Wisconsin is the only other state to enact restrictions on Native American mascots. Wisconsin's law, approved by the Legislature in 2010, requires school boards to prove that their Indian mascots don't promote discrimination, harassment or stereotyping if someone complains.

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