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Mukwonago defies order, keeps "Indians" name/mascot


MUKWONAGO (WKOW) -- Mukwonago Area School District, in southeastern Wisconsin, has formally refused to change its American Indian nickname, in open defiance of an order from state education officials.

The district's sports teams are known as "The Indians", and their logo depicts an American Indian man wearing a feather headdress.

The district's attorney says the school board voted 8-1 Monday night in favor of a resolution stating the district would take no action to change the name, noting the district has used the nickname for more than 100 years while taking "special care" to treat American Indians with dignity, including teaching incoming freshmen about the area's American Indian history.

The state Department of Public Instruction claim the nickname and logo promote discrimination and ordered the district to change both by the fall.



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