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Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians enter into mascot agreement






The Rogue River School District in Oregon is known by its "Chieftain" mascot. Photo: Rogue River Chieftain Men's Soccer

Another tribe in Oregon has entered into a mascot agreement with a public school district.

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians is allowing the Rogue River School District to keep its "Chieftain" mascot. In exchange, the district will add tribal history to its fourth- and eighth-grade curriculum, The Medford Mail Tribune reported.

The agreement must be submitted to the Oregon Board of Education for approval. A similar agreement was approved for the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde last month.

The Grande Ronde agreement was the first approved under state law that allows school districts to keep their "Indian" mascots, symbols and imagery if they work with tribes.

Otherwise, school districts must get rid of their "Indian" mascots by July 1 or lose state funding.

Read More on the Story:
Oregon school district reaches mascot deal with tribe (AP / The Grants Pass Daily Courier 4/4)
Rogue River can keep Chieftain mascot (The Medford Mail Tribune 4/2)

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