© 2024 KLCC

136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Reedsport School May Drop Tribal Mascot

Reedsport School District

The Reedsport School District may stop using its Braves mascot after hearing from a local tribe. Oregon law requires schools to discontinue Native American mascots unless they get the blessing of a tribe. The district has been known as the Braves for more than 50 years.

Dan Forbess is interim Superintendent of Reedsport School District. He met with representatives from the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw tribes earlier this month. They said they’d like Reedsport to change the mascot name. Forbess says he also received a letter from the Siletz Tribe that expressed willingness to work with the district and keep the name. The Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Tribe is closer to Reedsport.
Forbess: “We have a little bit of a conflict between which tribe should we work with. We’re asking the Oregon Department of Education for their opinion and their recommendation. But, in the meantime, we’re moving forward with a process that could result in the name change.”
Forbess says the cost to remove the Braves name and mascot from the school is estimated at 60-thousand dollars. He says there’s a lot of local pride connected with the mascot, but if the tribe feels it’s discriminatory, it’s important to respect that.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
Related Content