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Roseburg High School to remain the Indians

The board had to unanimously vote in favor of the motion for it to pass and it fell short by one vote.

Posted: Apr 28, 2021 7:05 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2021 7:42 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore.-- The Roseburg School Board failed to pass a motion Wednesday night that would retire the Roseburg High School mascot.

All but one board member supported retiring the mascot as the Indians. According to school district policy, changing the name of any of their campus's mascots or facility names must get unanimous approval by the school board. Director Charles Lee was the only board member to vote against the proposal. Therefore, Roseburg High School will remain the Indians for the foreseeable future.

Before Wednesday night's decision, there were weeks of discussion, protests, and rallies by those who supported removing the name Indians, and those who were against it. At Wednesday night's meeting Jessica Bascom, the organizer of the initial petition to change the name, told board members the petition was up to 7,000 signatures.

This is a developing story. Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates.

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