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Milwaukee-area school district votes against changing mascot

Milwaukee-area school district votes against changing mascot

By the Associated Press. CREATED Jul 23, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A southeastern Wisconsin school district has formally refused to change its American Indian mascot despite a state appeals court finding that district parents can't sue to save it.

The Mukwonago Area School District has used the Indians nickname for decades.

State lawmakers in 2010 passed a bill allowing the state Department of Public Instruction to force schools to drop race-based nicknames, logos and mascots if someone complains about them.

A Mukwonago area resident complained about the Indians nickname two months after the law passed and DPI ordered the district to drop it.

Parents sued and a circuit court judge blocked the order. A state appeals court in January, though, ruled the parents lack standing to sue.

Nevertheless, the Mukwonago School Board voted 8-1 on Monday to retain the nickname.