Compromise sought in Native American mascots use



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Opponents of a proposal to ban the use of Native American names and images as mascots for Oregon high schools are seeking a waiver to allow districts to work out agreements with local tribes.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports Sunday ( ) that the Oregon Board of Education is considering a rule that would strip state funding from any school or district that continues to use a Native American mascot after July 1, 2017.

The rule defines “mascot” as any name, symbol or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian tribe, individual, custom or tradition. A vote is expected at the board’s meeting May 17.

Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, a Republican from Scio, proposed the waiver option, saying it would bring “respectful dialogue within a community.”