Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
MADISON, WISCONSIN The Wisconsin Indian Association Mascot and Logo Task Force will be on hand outside the west side of the Wisconsin State Capitol with hand drums at 11:00 am. They will be on hand one hour prior to a hearing that will take place at noon to hear both sides of a proposed amendment that seeks to diminish Wisconsin state statute that addresses American Indian mascots.
The state statute is Wisconsin ACT 250 was signed into law by Governor James Doyle on May 5, 2010. ACT 250 relates to the use of race-based mascots, logos, and nicknames by school boards in Wisconsin.
Last month a group of Republican legislators has put forth a permanent solution in regards to school mascots in Wisconsin known as AB297 that gives the local control to school districts, according to Barbara Munson, Oneida, chair of the task force.
“We will show up to let lawmakers know why this is a bad law,”
“We will gather outside with hand drums to sing and pray. This amendment ignores the damage it does to Native students.”
If the diminish amendment were made into law, in order to object to a school board’s use of a race-based nickname, logo, mascot, or team name, the following would be required:
This hearing is expected to last several hours, so supporters are asked bring snacks.
If you are able to make it and want to testify, organizers have offered the following tips for making testimony:
posted October 3, 2013 6:00 am edt