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Ed Board Bans All Native Mascots

After months of testimony and hand wringing the state board of higher education moved to end the debate over the appropriateness of Native American mascots and tribal imagery by voting overwhelmingly to ban all references entirely from Oreg

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After months of testimony and hand wringing the state board of education moved to end the debate over the appropriateness of Native American mascots and tribal imagery by voting overwhelmingly to ban all references entirely from Oregon campuses.

The board voted 5-1 on Thursday to ban the use of names like “Redskin” “Braves” “Indians” and other names that refer to native American tribes and tribal traditions. Board members said they were convinced by expert and personal testimony that such depictions, while not deliberately negative, have a negative impact on Native American students. Oregon schools have until July 1, 2017 to comply with the ruling, though some schools may appeal the decision.


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