The current effort to ban Native American mascots in Oregon was kick-started 6 years ago by then-high school student and Siletz tribal member Che Butler.
basketball team played in Molalla
family witnessed a halftime show that he
says was derogatory toward Native traditions.
Butler's effort bore little fruit at first, but he
testified during a series of hearings this spring as the issue came back to the forefront.
"I didn't come here to try and hurt people or come here to offend people or try and take something away from them that gives them a sense of pride.
I just came here because it was a hurt and it's something that needs to be addressed that hasn't been addressed.
It's just been swept under the rug for all these generations," Butler
told the committee.
In Molalla, Superintendent Wayne Kostur says some changes were made after Che Butler's initial push to ban the school's mascot.