Mukwonago schools to defend ‘Indians’ mascot

Mukwonago, Wisconsin (AP) August 2010

Mukwonago School District officials are to defend their high school’s use of the “Indians” mascot during August to the state Department of Public Instruction.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Aug. 27 hearing was prompted by a complaint filed during July against the school by a recent graduate.

It will be the second such hearing to enforce a new law giving the DPI the authority to order public schools to change race-based mascots.

The DPI has already ordered the Osseo-Fairchild School District to drop its “Chieftain” logo. The Kewaunee School District decided to drop it Indians team name before a hearing.

In the Mukwonago complaint, Rain Koepke contended that the school’s use of the Indians name and logo had contributed to his harassment as a student of Native American descent.