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Tue February 11, 2014
Letter Asks 31 Wisconsin School Districts to Drop "Indian" Mascots
The Wisconsin Indian Education Association asks schools to change their "Indian" team names and logos, "out of respect for Wisconsin Native nations."
WIEA President Brian Jackson says the group is issuing the request in the wake of Act 115. It's the new Wisconsin law, adding a step for challenging mascot names. Beforehand, one individual could force the Dept. of Public Instruction to review a name the person found offensive. Under the new law, a complainant must collect a certain number of signatures in the school district, equal to a percent of enrollment, and then the Dept. of Administration would review the complaint.
According to the WIEA, the Wisconsin high schools still using Native branding:
High School Team Nickname
Big Foot/Walworth Chiefs
Black Hawk/South Wayne Warriors
Fort Atkinson Blackhawks
Lake Holcombe Chieftains
Lancaster Flying Arrows
Menomonee Falls Indians
Prairie du Chien Blackhawks
Rib Lake Redmen
Wisconsin Dells Chiefs