Senate approves bill to make changing mascots harder

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In a sad erosion of racial justice legislation that WNPJ member groups worked hard to pass, this week the state Senate passed a bill that makes it much harder to force school districts to change race-based logos and mascots, seen as derogatory to Native Americans. All 11 of the state's tribes opposed the bill. Gov. Walker has yet to say whether he will sign or veto the bill.

The original mascot bill, which requires school districts to remove race-based mascots if there is a complaint, was signed into law in 2010 following efforts of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association's Indian Mascot and Logo Task Force, headed by WNPJ board member Barb Munson.

Photo: Jan Saiz and Hugh Danforth protest race-based mascots in Madison in 2002 (photo from NPR).