SALEM, OR - Oregon schools may get to keep Native American-themed symbols despite a statewide ban under a bill currently making its way through the state Senate.
The bill would allow schools to use mascots that have a connection to a federally recognized Native American tribe in Oregon if a school board and the tribe enter into a written agreement that meets specific conditions.
The bill revives the issue after Gov. John Kitzhaber vetoed a similar bill in August.
This time, supporters worked with the governor's office and tribal representatives to find a compromise. Under the revised bill, the State Board of Education must consult with Oregon's Native American tribes to develop rules governing the mascot agreements.
A state Senate committee voted Thursday to send the bill to the full Senate.