Grand Ronde Tribes secure approval of school mascot agreement

An old logo of the Scappoose High School in Oregon. Image: Scappoose Indians

The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde continue to work with public school districts in Oregon regarding "Indian" mascots.

The tribe reached an agreement with the Banks School District to allow the continued use of the "Braves" mascot. The school will no longer use an "Indian head" logo and will implement a curriculum developed by the tribe, the Associated Press reported.

The agreement is the first of its kind in the state, Smoke Signals, the tribe's newspaper, reported. It was approved by the Oregon Board of Education on Thursday.

According to the Department of Education's Twitter account of the meeting, Chairman Reyn Leno said the curriculum helps the tribe educate youth about the Grand Ronde people. It will be implemented at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, according to the superintendent of the district.

The tribe has reached a second agreement with the Scappoose School District, whose teams are known as the "Indians." The agreement saw its first reading at the board meeting on Thursday.

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