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5:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kitzhaber Vetoes Native American Mascot Bill

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 5:04 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has vetoed a bill that would ease a ban on Native American mascots. It was the last bill the Democrat needed to act on following this year's legislative session.

Fifteen Oregon schools use Native American mascots like Warriors, Indians and Braves. Last year, the state Board of Education voted to give those schools until 2017 to get rid of them.

But Oregon lawmakers voted last month to allow school districts to keep their mascots if the nearest American Indian tribe agrees. The governor's veto pen nullifies that move.

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