As a 1985 alumni and parent of Roseburg High School students, I have always felt pride in being a Roseburg Indian.
In no way is a mascot supposed to be a derogatory thing, quite the opposite it’s meant to honor the icon as something we respect and cherish. This issue has been vetted, adjusted and given the blessings of the Umpqua Band of the Cow Creek Indians.
I’ve followed this issue closely over the years and the feelings expressed by a huge number of former students. Overwhelmingly they have expressed pride in being a Roseburg Indian and see the issue being once again discussed by the board as a disservice to the wishes of the vast majority of alumni.
Many feel disenfranchised by this and have themselves begun to lose faith that their opinion even matters to the district. In a time when unity is desperately needed in this country, the changing of our carefully evolved mascot will further divide our city and draw lines in a community that needs to work together, not be further forced apart.