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Rogue River Chieftains will live on, school district is keeping the mascot

One native said she is glad to see there will be a curriculum about the Oregonian natives, in Rogue River, Oregon, on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

ROGUE RIVER, Ore.-- Rogue River students will continue to bear the "Chieftain" name.

This comes after the Oregon Board of Education ruled schools with Native American mascots had to choose new ones by 2017, but then the board amended that. The board said schools who secured permission from one of Oregon's nine tribes can keep their Native American mascots.

The Confederated Tribe of the Siletz Indians are allowing the Rogue River School District to keep the "Chieftain" name.

"Our tribal council... felt that the law that was passed banning the mascots was wrong," Siletz Indians General Manager Brenda Bremner said. "Taking away our representation really was another way to take Indian people out of the face of the public."

In exchange for allowing the mascot to live on, there will be an added curriculum on true Native American history, and specifically, the Siletz tribal history. That curriculum will debut at the fourth grade level in the fall.


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