This is from Joe For America.

I am glad to hear that the Mukwonago  School Board is standing

up and refusing to be bullied by the PC Crowd.

MUKWONAGO, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has given the Mukwonago school district an Oct. 8 deadline to change the American Indian nickname and logo for its athletic teams.

Mukwonago-logo1The Mukwonago school board recently voted 8-1 to refuse the department’s order.

Good for the school board. It appears to be representing the views of a large majority of local residents, including Native Americans. The media reports we’ve read offer no evidence that Indians living in the Mukwonago area have any objection to the historic nickname, and that should be the bottom line.

The DPI is acting on a state law that allows state officials to force schools to drop race-based nicknames, logos and mascots if someone complains and the tribe that the nickname is borrowed from has not consented.

The order for Mukwonago to change its nickname to something other than “Indians” came in October, 2010.

Two parents challenged the decision in Waukesha County Circuit Court a few years ago and won a temporary victory. But an appeals court overturned that decision in January and the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently decided against hearing an appeal.

That prompted the DPI to send a letter to the district in June, demanding that its original order be honored by Oct. 8. According to the law, the school district can be fined anywhere between $100 and $1,000 every day it defies the order.

“The Department reminds the district of its obligations … to take steps reasonably calculated to create a school environment free of race-based harassment or discrimination,” the DPI wrote to the school.

We’ve seen no news reports suggesting that there has been any “race-based harassment or discrimination” in the district due to the continued use of the “Indians” nickname.

School officials argue that the district has used the nickname for more than 100 years, making it a source of tradition and pride for all local residents from all racial backgrounds. They say they have gone out of their way to treat local American Indian history with respect, and require incoming freshman to take a course on the subject.

Samuel Hall, the district’s attorney, argued that a change in nicknames would cost Mukwonago schools about $100,000, a cost that would include necessary alterations to athletic uniforms, diplomas, banners, academic medals and other materials.

“The use of the Indians nickname and associated logo have been and continue to be a source of pride related to the local history of the Mukwonago area,” Hall was quoted as saying. “Further, the district believes that decisions regarding the use of nicknames and logos are best left to local elected officials who better understand local history.”

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