State Board: Roseburg can't be 'Indians'

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg Indians have to come up with a new name.

The State Board of Education voted today 5-1 in favor of the ban that would take Native American mascots out of schools.

This includes Roseburg, who's students are known as the Indians, but whose pictured representation is a feather.

The ban says that all schools must remove their Native American mascots by July of 2017.

Superintendent Larry Parsons says he's, "angry and sad."

Angry because he feels that Roseburg did all the work the district needed to do, and he doesn't feel the board gave the school enough respect or consideration.

And he adds that he is, "sad for the community."

In 2007, former Superintendent Lee Patterson estimated that it wouldd cost the district $345,000 to change the mascot.

Parsons hasn't had an estimate done yet, but believes it will be more than the original figures.

That's money that Parsons believes will have to come from taxpayers.