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Continued: Wisconsin school district votes against changing American Indian mascot despite court ruling

  • Article by: TODD RICHMOND , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 23, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Munson said she hopes the tribes have enough allies in the Legislature to defeat the bill.

"I just hope people that do take a longer view and are willing to educate themselves about the harmfulness of race-based stereotyping ... will prevail in this," she said.

According to the state law, any district that refuses to drop raced-based nicknames can face daily fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. Hall promised to fight any fines in court.

DPI also has ordered the Osseo-Fairchild school district to drop its Chieftains nickname and Berlin High School to ditch its Indians moniker. Parents in that school district have challenged the order in court, but Hall, who also is representing those parents, said he has agreed to drop that lawsuit in light of the Mukwonago appeals court ruling that parents lack standing.

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