Governor signs Indian mascot bill into law

Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a bill to create a statewide procedure for handling complaints over race-based mascots and logos in schools. Under the bill, SB 25, a school district resident may file a complaint about a local mascot with the state Department of Public Instruction.

The local school board would then have to establish at a hearing that the mascot or logo is not discriminatory, or face changing the offending symbols within 12 months.  

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association, which worked for years for passage of the bill, with WNPJ board member Barbara Munson in a key role,  said, "With the signing of this law, today goes down in history for education policy, social justice, and affirming the stance of American Indian nations in Wisconsin and across the nation."

Wis. Radio Network story.

 

Press release.

Wis. Indian Education Assn. statement