SALEM, OR -- Governor John Kitzhaber signed legislation into law Thursday that will provide schools statewide a chance to keep their Native American mascots. A ban on school use of Native American mascots takes effect in 2017, but lawmakers crafted a bill to let school districts keep them, with tribal permission. The law requires the state Board of Education to consult with federally recognized tribes in Oregon to write guidelines for the agreements between schools and tribes. The agreements are also subject to the board's approval. Kitzhaber vetoed a similar bill last year that didn't require the Board of Education to get involved.
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