Mukwonago residents file suit over logo decision

"Two Mukwonago residents have filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Public Instruction that challenges the DPI's decision to order the Mukwonago School District to change its Indian nickname and logo," reports the Living Lake Country blog.

"School Superintendent Paul Strobel said the School District is in no way behind the lawsuit and is not funding the lawsuit, which claims the state law allowing residents to file complaints about district logos is 'vague and ambiguous.'"

Under Wisconsin law, the state Department of Public Instruction is required to review a school's race-based mascot if a complaint is received from a district resident. The burden of proof is then on the school district to show that its mascot does not promote discrimination, student harassment and stereotyping. This law was enacted in May 2010, after a decades-long campaign by the "Indian" Mascot and Logo Taskforce of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association and many Native and non-Native allies.