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Mukwonago continues fight to save 'Indians' nickname


MUKWONAGO, Wisc (WSAU)   The Mukwonago School District says it will not follow an order from a state appeals court to change its Indian team name and logo. A circuit judge had ruled that Mukwonago did not have drop its nickname the “Indians,” saying a state education official was biased in ruling that the name and logo were discriminatory. But last week, the Second District Appellate Court said two parents did not have the legal standing to challenge the decision from the Department of Public Instruction. And the court told Mukwonago to drop its Indian name-and-logo, as required by a 2010 state law.

The law allows anyone to file a complaint with the D-P-I – and if the agency finds that a nickname is discriminatory, the affected school board must drop it or face expensive penalties. Mukwonago Superintendent Paul Strobel says his district has no plans to change its 80-year-old name and logo. And school officials have asked Republican state legislators to repeal the law, while the parents seek to have the Appeals Court decision overturned.

Assembly Republican Steve Nass of Whitewater is considering a bill to either repeal the mandate – or make those who file complaints prove that a student was actually discriminated against because of a nickname or logo.

Barbara Munson, who’s with the state’s Indian Mascot and Logo Task Force, said people need to respect different cultures – and she’s upset with Mukwonago’s stance.