Oregon Mascot Bill Heads to Governor for Signature
SALEM, OR - A bill allowing Oregon schools to keep Native American mascots now needs only Gov. John Kitzhaber's signature to become law.
A statewide ban on school use of Native American mascots takes effect in 2017, but some lawmakers want school districts to have an opportunity to keep them, with tribal permission.
Under the bill, the state Board of Education would write guidelines for agreements between schools and tribes over mascots. That's a compromise that Kitzhaber has said he supports. The governor vetoed a similar bill last fall that didn't require the Board of Education to get involved.
The measure passed the House on Wednesday, although several representatives urged opposition. It cleared the Senate unanimously earlier this month.