Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday vetoed a bill that would have provided an avenue for Roseburg High School to keep Indians as its nickname. Following through on a threat he made before the measure passed the Legislation, Kitzhaber rejected Senate Bill 215. Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, introduced the bill to counteract an order by the State Board of Education that public schools give up their Native American-related mascots by 2017. SB 215 would have allowed schools to keep their mascots if the nearest tribe approved. The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe already has endorsed Roseburg High retaining its longtime nickname. …
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