mascot en Decision Time Nearing for Mascot Bill; Opponents Want Veto <p>The Great Lakes Intertribal Council is calling on Governor Scott Walker to veto legislation regarding race-based mascots.&nbsp; The bill makes it harder for a person to file a discrimination complaint against a school mascot.&nbsp; It would require a petition of signatures and then proof of discrimination to get a mascot changed.</p><p>Michael Allen is director of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council.&nbsp; He says the rule changes would encourage stereotyping of Native people.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:55:39 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 11796 at Mascot Bill Could Strain State-Tribal Relations <p>The Lac du Flambeau tribe of Ojibwe is urging Governor Scott Walker not to sign a bill making it harder to change race-based school mascots.&nbsp; The Republican-backed legislation has passed the Assembly and the Senate.&nbsp; The new rules would require a petition of signatures and proof of discrimination before a school mascot can be changed. &nbsp;</p><p>Current law has it the other way around – a school must prove its mascot isn’t discriminatory.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:46:59 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 10355 at Lawmakers OK Changes to Indian Mascot Rules <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in the Assembly passed a bill making it harder to force schools to drop Indian nicknames and mascots.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The bill puts the burden of proof onto the group complaining of discrimination: instead of making the school prove it isn&rsquo;t discriminating.&nbsp; The Republican legislation also requires signatures totaling 10 percent of the student body, instead of letting an individual file a complaint.&nbsp;</p><p>Supporters say it makes the process more fair.&nbsp; Opponents call it discrimination.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:00:37 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 9392 at