Last week the Oregon Board of Education passed a new regulation prohibiting any public school from using a team name, logo or mascot that “depicts or refers to an American Indian Tribe, individual, custom or tradition”. All schools must comply, or risk cuts in state funding.
But, everyone is not happy.
The Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, whose reservation lies between the Oregon coast and the capital of Salem, denounced the rule because its school name uses a now-proscribed nickname, The Warriors.
The Confederate Tribes of La Ronde is also upset, contending that the rule “trampled on our sovereignty”.
A comment by Tribal Chairwoman Delores Pigsley is illustrative.
For the Siletz Tribal community, this action has a negative impact on our students and our community. We will be forced once again to succumb to the misguided intentions of people who have no knowledge of our Indian communities. [emphasis supplied]
Perhaps we could ask Elizabeth Warren (D. Ma.) to mediate this dispute.