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Berlin School District told to change Indians mascot

Berlin School District told to change Indians mascot

By Alex Hagan. CREATED Aug 13, 2013

BERLIN - The Berlin School District looking for a new mascot after a lawsuit challenging the removal of the Indians name was dropped.

Students and parents have mixed emotions. Three years ago there was a complaint filed to the DPI over the Indian name.  In 2011 a group sued the state when the Department of Public Instruction first ordered the district to change the controversial name.

In 2010 a complaint filed to the DPI over the Indian name. The school district already with plans to go through the change. 

"Going to the community and students to give suggestions and then surveying," said Superintendent Bob Eidahl.

There is a financial impact to the name change. Eidahl says it could cost between $12,000 and $15,000 to replace the name on athletic equipment and uniforms, something the district will take into account in their budget. 

"This school board would talk later about what they want to do next and where they want to pick up the process," says Eidahl. 

The school district has already begun the process of taking down the name throughout the school. They have until July first of next year to change the name and logo.