KALAMA, Wash. – A Native American mascot at a high school in southwest Washington is getting a new look.
The Daily News reported the Kalama High School mascot known as Charlie Chinook has buck teeth, a large nose, wears a loin cloth and holds a tomahawk.
Kalama School Board president Ryan Cruser told the newspaper the issue had been on the back burner and needed to be addressed.
The original image was a version of an early 1900s caricature of a Native American best known as the former Arizona State University athletic logo.
Charlie Funk, a Chinook tribal member and political cartoonist for The Chronicle in Centralia, will do the redesign.
School administrators are also consulting the Chinook tribe, as well as involving a student leadership class in the mascot modification.
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