Three Oregon School Districts Keep Their "Warriors" Mascots, With Changes

Jun 28, 2017

The Oregon Board of Education has approved Indian mascots for four school districts:  Philomath, Siletz, Rogue River, and Amity have ratified agreements with the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, three other districts are taking a different tack.  

Old Oakridge "Warriors" logo, with new logo being implemented.
Credit, Oakridge School District.

Oakridge, North Douglas, and Lebanon all say they’ll keep the “Warriors” name, but alter their logos so they lack Native American imagery.

Oakridge’s new symbol sports a logger’s axe and trees.  The superintendent says they’ll now honor all warriors including soldiers.

North Douglas will phase out its mascot -- “Willy the Warrior”.  They’re switching their logo with the letters “ND”, similar to Notre Dame.  

Willy the Warrior mascot, formerly of the North Douglas School District

And Lebanon says it’ll transition to a logo without Indian imagery. Instead it’ll just have the letters “LW”.

Under Oregon rules passed in 2012, districts had to either reach agreements with neighboring, federally-recognized tribes to keep an Indian mascot, or discard any native associations by July 1st …or risk losing state funds.  

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