Ore. board considers Native American nicknames

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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- The State Board of Education is planning to hear testimony Thursday on Native American mascots and nicknames in Oregon's public high schools.

The board could eventually vote to ban those names. Board officials say 15 public high schools in Oregon have them.

People opposed to the mascots and nicknames tell the Roseburg News-Review (http://bit.ly/zAYizL ) they perpetuate degrading stereotypes. Supporters say the names can pay tribute to Native Americans, and it would be expensive to change them.

Board spokeswoman Christine Miles says a final decision won't come Thursday, and the board will continue to take public testimony as it considers the issue at its monthly meetings.

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Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com