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Oregon High School Mascot Headed For A Makeover

When kids at Banks High School cheer for their sports teams in the future, they’ll still be cheering for the Braves. The nickname is staying.

But the Braves mascot — with its feathers and painted face — is heading for a culturally appropriate makeover.

That’s because last week, Banks became the first school district in Oregon to take advantage of a new state compromise. That compromise allows some school systems to keep their native mascots — if they get permission from a federally recognized tribe.

Justin Martin, a tribal lobbyist with the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde, spoke with OPB's All Things Considered host Kate Davidson about the compromise.

You can hear their full conversation by clicking play in the audio player at the top of the page.

Copyright 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Kate Davidson is OPB’s business and economics reporter. Before moving to Oregon, she was a regular contributor to "Marketplace", a reporter at Michigan Radio focused on economic change in the industrial Midwest and a producer at NPR.