By a 5-1 vote on Thursday, the Oregon State Board of Education voted to ban schools from using American Indian mascots, The Oregonian reported. Schools may keep their “Warriors” or “Chiefs” team names, but must replace logos that reference American Indians or American Indian culture.
At least 15 of Oregon’s schools will need to update their logos, or risk losing state funding. The vote came after six years of efforts to pass such a policy, and makes it one of the strictest in the country.
“I’m overwhelmed, but I’m holding back on my emotions – I have a meeting to finish,” the board’s Chairwoman Brenda Frank, a member of the Klamath Tribes, told the Oregonian. “It’s been a long time coming.”