Wisconsin Governor Doyle says he’ll sign Indian mascot bill

Madison, Wisconsin (AP) May 2010

Gov. Jim Doyle says he will sign into law a bill that would allow the state schools superintendent to ban American Indian mascots and logos.

Doyle says it’s clear that some Indian mascots that refer to a specific tribe and honor their history are not offensive. But he says others that perpetuate racist stereotypes are discriminatory.

Under the proposal, a school district resident could object to the use of a race-based nickname, logo, mascot or team name.

The state superintendent would investigate and then determine whether it is discriminatory. Schools could be fined for continuing to use the mascot or logo.

 
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