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New Mascots for Chinook & Tyee

mascot meeting

Chinook Middle School and Tyee High School will choose new mascots this month. The Thunderbird and Totem mascots must be retired by December 31, in compliance with a new state law prohibiting schools from using Native names, symbols, or images as mascots, logos or team names. The law reflects many years of advocacy by tribes in Washington state. 

District and school leaders are consulting with our federally recognized tribe, the Muckleshoot Tribe, on the process of changing the Chinook and Tyee mascots, as required by the law and in the spirit of our ongoing partnership with the tribe. 

Students completed a process in advisory class to identify potential mascots that represent the characteristics of their schools. 

Families, community members and alumni were invited to participate in a Thoughtexchange to generate ideas. 

Alumni and community members attended a meeting and had the opportunity to suggest mascots for each school.

Students, families, community members, and alumni will be asked to vote on the top picks via a survey before Winter Break. The winning entries will be recommended to Superintendent Enfield as the new mascots of Chinook and Tyee.

This story on KUOW Radio has more about how and why schools are replacing their Native-themed mascots.