Native American Mascots

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The fate of Native American mascots at four Oregon school districts will be decided this Thursday.  The State Board of Education will review the proposals at their meeting.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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After months of input and deliberation, the Marcola School District is closer to having a new, official mascot.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’ll replace the “Mohawk Indians” which had been the mascot for 90 years.  

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Efforts to end Native American mascots – or keep them, with local tribes’ approval – have left 16 Oregon school districts until July 1st to act.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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After 90 years, the Marcola School District is dropping its mascot, the Mohawk Indians.  While some locals saw it as a point of pride, others deemed it irrelevant and an offensive stereotype of Native Americans. 

While the decision is generally seen as progressive and keeping with changing cultural attitudes, KLCC’s Brian Bull reports there’s still mixed feelings in the Marcola community.  

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Tonight, officials with the Marcola School District and Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde will hold a community meeting.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the topic will be the district’s Native American-themed name and mascot.

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Some Oregon public schools will be allowed to keep their Native American Mascots…at least for now. The State Board of Education last week said that’s only if they secure permission from a tribe. One of those schools is in the Mohawk Valley—KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks with the superintendent of Marcola School District.