Here is a summary of the process:
- 2012 – State Board votes to ban Native American mascots
- 2014 – Legislature passes law to allow school district to work with their local tribal representatives
- 2015 (Dec.) – Initial meeting with Grand Ronde Tribal Council
- 2016 (Jan.) – State Board defines guidelines for building partnerships
- 2016 (June) – Public hearing for five-year agreement with the Grand Ronde Tribe and to remain the “Braves” with new imagery
- 2016 (June – Present) – The Banks School District, Grand Ronde Tribe, and Nike Design Team begin and continue to work on the re-branding of the Banks “Braves”
- 2017 (Jan.) – Proposed imagery at open house which is attended by over 60 community members
- 2017 (May) – Working on the process to Trademark the new imagery. This will protect all of the hard work put into the process. It will not limit access to the imagery by businesses or community members, but guidelines will need to be followed.
- 2017 (August or possibly sooner) – Policy and process in place for gaining access to new mascot imagery and the guidelines to follow
We will keep the community informed and meet with businesses who are requesting access to the new imagery. We will continue to work on finalizing the process, but want to make sure that the process is complete before releasing the digital imagery to our Banks School District supporters.
Thank you for your patience in this process,