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Wis. Indian group asks schools to drop mascots

  • Associated Press
  • February 11, 2014 - 2:25 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Indian Education Association is asking schools to drop American Indian mascots and nicknames.

The organization sent a letter Tuesday to the 31 school districts it says still retain race-based Indian mascots, logos and team names asking the districts to change them out of respect for tribal nations.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in December making it harder to force public schools to drop tribal nicknames.

Until Walker signed the measure, it took only a single complaint to trigger a state review of the mascot. The school district had to prove the mascot didn't discriminate.

Under the new law, it takes a petition to trigger the review and the burden of proof falls on the complainants to prove the nickname or mascot is racist.

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