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Honoring Indigenous

Feb. 8—A year ago, the Wahluke School District announced that it would be allowed to keep the Warrior as its mascot after working with Wanapum leaders. Washington law required school districts to reach out to nearby tribes to obtain permission to keep Indigenous icons as mascots. The Wanapum found that the Warrior represents the entire community, not just the school district. Wahluke schools and the Wanapum have a longstanding relationship that fosters and appreciation for Native American culture and Wanapum artifacts are displayed in Wahluke campuses for educational purposes.