Clackamas County is back in the news in a less than flattering way. As two Republican state legislators are trying to fight a ban on so-called Indian names for high school mascots/teams, the Molalla High School Indians get a close-up look from Oregon Public Broadcasting. And a lively blog from lovely downtown Molalla picks up the thread, too, doing its best to debunk the notion that the nickname “Indians” is flattering.
There are about 10 schools in the state clinging to that hard core stuff. Probably the largest left that title behind some time ago; that was Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Originally called the Red Raiders, when it began as Southern Oregon College, the “Red” was dropped several years ago out of respect for the Klamath tribesmen who defended their land admirably, along with the Modocs and Yahooskin, until they were subdued in 1874. Let’s see what the state senators from Roseburg and Corvallis have to say about this current situation.