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Deadline Approaching
4:55 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Decision Time Nearing for Mascot Bill; Opponents Want Veto

The Great Lakes Intertribal Council is calling on Governor Scott Walker to veto legislation regarding race-based mascots.  The bill makes it harder for a person to file a discrimination complaint against a school mascot.  It would require a petition of signatures and then proof of discrimination to get a mascot changed.

Michael Allen is director of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council.  He says the rule changes would encourage stereotyping of Native people. 

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Tribes Condemn Race-Based Mascots
4:46 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mascot Bill Could Strain State-Tribal Relations

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.  The Republican-backed legislation has passed the Assembly and the Senate.  The new rules would require a petition of signatures and proof of discrimination before a school mascot can be changed.  

Current law has it the other way around – a school must prove its mascot isn’t discriminatory. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesman Brandon Thoms says the proposed rule changes encourage destructive stereotypes of Native people.

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Race-Based Logos and Mascots
1:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Lawmakers OK Changes to Indian Mascot Rules

Lawmakers in the Assembly passed a bill making it harder to force schools to drop Indian nicknames and mascots. 

The bill puts the burden of proof onto the group complaining of discrimination: instead of making the school prove it isn’t discriminating.  The Republican legislation also requires signatures totaling 10 percent of the student body, instead of letting an individual file a complaint. 

Supporters say it makes the process more fair.  Opponents call it discrimination.

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