Oregon Governor Could Veto Bill Allowing Native American Mascots
The bill, which also easily passed the House, would reverse a 2012 decision by the Oregon Board of Education to outlaw Native American mascots beginning in 2017. Schools would be able to keep them if they reach a written agreement with the nearest Indian tribe, if the measure is signed into law. That seems unlikely, given the governor’s recent statements.
Kitzhaber issued his veto threat in a letter to legislative leaders, in which he also stated that he’d support a more narrowly defined exemption, similar to the NCAA’s, which has allowed the Utah Utes and the Florida State Seminoles keep their Native mascots.