Indian Mascots and schools

An oped article in today's Portland Oregonian addresses the possible veto by Gov. Kitzhaber of a bill just enacted by the Legislature to allow a sort of local choice for public schools to use Indian mascots.

The authors wrote, in part: "Gov. John Kitzhaber has gone on record as saying he will veto Senate Bill 215. This bill, which has passed the House and Senate, would effectively overturn the Oregon Board of Education's 2012 decision to eliminate the use of Native American mascots in Oregon schools.

At issue here are both group and individual rights — sovereign tribal cultural property rights, and Native students' human and civil rights. Exposing individual Native students to mascots, targeting and bullying for sport, recreation and entertainment is not dignified or honoring, and is race-based discrimination. . . . "

Read the entire piece:

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