Back when the state Board of Education first announced a ban on the use of Indian logos or mascots, there was a flurry of letters to the Opinion Page. With maybe only one exception, the letters reflected anger and shallow thinking. From youngsters, “I’m proud to be a Roseburg Indian,” to oldsters, “We’ve been the Indians for many decades, so why change now?” No one seemed to understand the underlying reason for the ban. I was incredulous at their lack of awareness. The American Indian has been so maligned, stereotyped and mistreated during our country’s history, it’s become a matter …
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