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Group rallies against Roseburg High School Indians mascot

A small group of alumni and community members gathered in front of Roseburg High School Wednesday evening with signs in support of making a change.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 7:55 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Those in support of changing the Roseburg High School Indians mascot say they are not going down without a fight.

A small group of alumni and community members gathered in front of Roseburg High School Wednesday evening with signs in support of making a change.

After more than two hours of protesting, the group made their way into the high school’s theater to listen to the school board meeting where board members had plans for a work session to discuss the mascot issue.

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Supporter Kalli Albertus told KEZI 9 News people have been rallying in front of the high school and have attended every board meeting over the past month, even though the board has not discussed the mascot issue at all. She said it’s important to keep momentum going even though no progress has been made.

“For many of us supporting this movement and supporting this change, it is about standing out there still, it’s about not being forgotten or hoping this blows over,” she said.

The last time the school board discussed the mascot was late February after they collected more than 2,000 responses in community input. Back then, the board made no decisions in hopes of giving themselves more time to review the responses.

However, supporter Megan Bentley said they plan on rallying in front of the high school before every board meeting moving forward until something changes.

“It’s good to see some progress, it’s good to see some conversation about the issue,” she said. “Change can be a long and boring process so we will continue to be here until this changes.”

This all started last summer when a group of RHS alumni came to the board claiming the Indians mascot is disrespecting Native American people and cultures.

However, another group of alumni have come forward claiming that the mascot is an important part of the Roseburg community.

Those against the change were unable to speak with KEZI 9 News Wednesday, but they said some people plan on attending the meeting and speaking during public comment.

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