Wisconsin lawmaker wants new school mascot law repealed

Madison, Wisconsin (AP) December 2010

A lawmaker has drafted legislation to repeal a new state law aimed at eliminating Indian mascots and other race-based team names and logos in Wisconsin public schools.

The law allows residents to file complaints with the school board over the use of offensive nicknames, logos or mascots. The state school superintendent can then order districts to stop using them.

The proposed bill, by State Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, also aims to void all orders issued already by the state superintendent.

Barbara Munson, of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association, tells the Wisconsin State Journal Nass should try to eliminate stereotypes, not encourage them.

NassÂ’ spokesman Mike Mikalsen called Munson an extremist and said the new law deletes the standard to prove something is discriminatory and puts school districts at a disadvantage.