Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


Confederated Tribes give the OK - MHS can stay the 'Indians'

As part of the potential agreement, the school will be required to eliminate the current mascot imagery.


MHS - Molalla High School may keep the name 'Indians' but as part of the potential agreement, this school will be required to eliminate the current mascot imagery.
It’s official. The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde will allow Molalla High School to keep the name “Indians.”

Molalla River School District will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the district board room behind the library to give the Molalla community an opportunity to comment on the potential agreement between the school district and the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde.

Superintendent Tony Mann said the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde has approved an exception to allow Molalla High School to maintain the name “Indians,” since the Molalla tribe is one of the five Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde.

“My understanding is that Molalla High School is the only school that has been allowed this exception, and that is because the Molalla is one of the confederated tribes,” Mann said. “So as part of the agreement, this school will be required to eliminate the current mascot imagery. With collaboration between the tribal leadership and tribal historians, the representatives of the school district and community, we will work to identify replacement imagery.”

Supt. Mann said that the community will have an opportunity to weigh in on the imagery process, but the final decision will be made by the tribe, in consultation with the school district.

The goals of any agreement between the tribes and the school district will be to build respect and understanding of the Molalla tribe’s history and culture.

“The agreement will be based on the school district implementation of curriculum that accurately represents the history, language and culture of the tribe,” Mann said.

Shared Goals

Shared Goals of the confederated tribes and the Molalla River School District are:

- To build and foster respectful understanding of the tribe, its history and that of all Native Americans, and to assure that mascot imagery be culturally appropriate, and that it respectfully represent native American symbolism and cultural pride.

- To make sure children in the district have an opportunity to learn about the Molalla tribe and it’s culture

- To foster cultural respect for representation of Native American symbolism and pride.

Goals of the district are, further, to foster respect and informed understanding of the tribe and all Native Americans, and to adopt a culturally appropriate mascot image.

The guidelines include that any imagery that is selected to represent the name “Indians” convey historic meaning and cultural understanding.

The imagery or logo will not and cannot promote Indian caricatures or depict native people in head dresses.

It also cannot mimic ceremonial rights, depict disrespectful use of feathers or weapons.

Representative of the Grand Ronde Tribe will be present at Molalla’s Sept. 22 hearing. The community is invited to comment and share their thoughts and hopes on this matter.