SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Opponents of a proposal to ban the use of Native American names and images as mascots for Oregon high schools are seeking a waiver to allow districts to work out agreements with local tribes.
The Albany Democrat-Herald reports Sunday that the Oregon Board of Education is considering a rule that would strip state funding from any school or district that continues to use a Native American mascot after July 1, 2017.
The rule defines "mascot" as any name, symbol or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian tribe, individual, custom or tradition. A vote is expected at the board's meeting May 17.
Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, a Republican from Scio, proposed the waiver option, saying it would bring "respectful dialogue within a community."
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