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State Senate votes tomorrow on Indian mascot bill


UNDATED (WSAU) The Wisconsin Senate is expected to vote tomorrow on a bill that punishes schools that don’t drop their Indian team mascots and nick-names. The Assembly passed the bill in late February. It would set up a process in which those offended by Indian monickers can file complaints. The affected superintendent would have to hold a hearing and then decide if the logo or nickname is derogatory – and if so, the school board would have to drop it or face huge penalties.

Indian team names have been an issue in Wisconsin for almost a quarter-century – but this is the first time the state’s doing something about it. About 30 Wisconsin schools were pressured to drop their Indian team names and logos over the years, and 36 still have them.

The Assembly bill would allow the superintendent to opt-out of the process if the name is a federally-recognized Indian tribe. The Auburndale Apaches are the only ones covered under that exemption.