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Native American Mascots May Not Disappear in Oregon

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SALEM, OR - The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would let Oregon school districts keep Native American mascots and nicknames under certain conditions.
Under the bill passed on Friday, schools districts could keep their mascots with permission from the appropriate Native American tribe.
The measure also requires the state Board of Education to craft rules governing such agreements in consultation with tribal representatives.
The bill loosens state orders that Oregon schools retire their Native American symbols by July 2017 or risk losing state funding.
The Legislature passed a similar bill in 2013, but Gov. John Kitzhaber vetoed it. The current bill was revised in consultation with tribal representatives and the governor's staff.
The bill goes next to the House.