Ore. Senate backs Native American mascot bill destined for veto

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate has overwhelmingly backed a bill that would allow schools to keep Native American mascots, nicknames and logos despite Gov. John Kitzhaber's threat to veto it.

The Senate backed the bill 25-5 on Monday, sending it to the governor's desk.

There was enough support in both the House and Senate to override the governor's veto if lawmakers choose to do so.

The measure would reverse a decision by the state Board of Education to outlaw Native American mascots beginning in 2017. Schools would be able to keep them if they reach a written agreement with the nearest Indian tribe.

Critics of Native American mascots say they reinforce stereotypes and promote hostility. Supporters say they're a source of pride.