Ore. considers ban on Native American mascots

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A resolution presented to the state Board of Education on Thursday would require Oregon high schools to retire their Native American mascots within five years or risk losing state funding.

If approved as early as next month, eight high schools would need to change their nickname and mascot by July 2017 or lose state money. Seven schools identified as the Warriors would only have to alter their mascot.

Since the 1970s, more than 600 high school and college teams have dropped Native American nicknames, including 20 in Oregon. But some small communities have resisted the trend, saying their nickname is a source of pride and tradition.

The board will hold a public hearing on the issue next week and could vote at its meeting in May.