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Mississippi state flag removed from Oregon Capitol display

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

The Mississippi state flag no longer flies at the Oregon Capitol.

The flag was removed from the Capitol's Walk of Flags display, which included all 50 states and the flags of Oregon's nine federally recognized Native American tribes.

The presiding officers in the Oregon House and Oregon Senate sent a letter to their counterparts in Mississippi to notify them of the action this week.

"Last year a bipartisan group of legislators representing a majority of the members of the Oregon House of Representatives signed a letter requesting the Mississippi flag be removed from the Walk of Flags. We respectfully disagree with the confederate symbol in your state flag," the letter states.

It goes on to say, "Out of respect for the great state of Mississippi, we chose to give the Mississippi Legislature a chance to act first. With the understanding that all of the bills related to the state flag died in the Mississippi Legislature last month, we have now taken action to remove the flag."

The letter signed by Peter Courtney, President of the Senate, and Tina Kotek, Speaker of the House, states, "We now look forward to the day when Oregon can raise a new flag representing the great state of Mississippi and her people."

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