PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon tribes say they’re disappointed with the State Board of Education’s decision last week to ban Native American mascots in schools.
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians issued a statement Tuesday saying the decision was made by people who have no knowledge of Indian communities and does nothing to address real issues of racism. A spokeswoman for the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde said its council is disappointed the board trampled tribal sovereignty and ignored a curriculum that accurately describes Oregon’s Native history.
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/DYN5lP ) both tribes had asked the board to allow local tribes to work with schools on their portrayal of Native culture.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com