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Braves Mascot

The Washington State Legislative passed a law passed in April 2021 prohibiting the inappropriate use of Native American names, symbols, or images as public school mascots, logos, or team names. As a result, Kennewick School District engaged in a consultation process with the Yakama Tribal Council regarding the Braves mascot at Kamiakin High School.

The district consulted with the Tribal Council in October, 2021, December 2021 and December 2022. That process resulted in the Tribal Council authorizing continued use of the Braves mascot, with modifications to the imagery and symbols to ensure that the imagery does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes and honors and respects the Yakama Tribe and Chief Kamiakin.

During 2022, a mascot logo committee made up of students, teachers and school/district administrators was formed to provide input on a new logo. The Braves logo was redesigned to remove the arrow and feather from the logo. In addition, other symbols or images at the school which the Tribal Council identified as stereotypical, outdated, or not honoring to the tribe.

Uniforms, clothing, stationary, business cards, logos and signage have been updated at the school. Along with other districts across the state, Kennewick School District has accessed grant funding from OSPI to cover the costs for the updates. There are still two major projects remaining, which involve replacing logos in middle of the gym floor and the middle of the football field. Those projects are slated for December 2022 and March 2023.

In addition to updating imagery at Kamiakin High School, the school has focused on updating curriculum to provide learning opportunities about Yakama Tribal history and culture. 

We appreciate the consultation process and relationship with the Yakama Tribe.