There's new movement in the ongoing efforts to rid Wisconsin of race-based school logos, mascots and names, with this bill in the Assembly and a parallel effort in the Senate. This bill doesn't directly ban Indian mascots, but will push further toward eliminating them. Like our state superintendent of schools, Elizabeth Burmaster, puts it, those districts that still have such mascots and logos and team names need to “find appropriate alternatives.”
The American Sociological Association, American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers all favor elimination of such holdovers from a bygone era. Common sense should point you in the same direction in this issue: Who out there actually thinks it's a good idea to represent your school with racist stereotypes?
There will be an Assembly Education Committee hearing on March 17. The chair of that committee is Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts, and you can email her at Rep.Pope-Roberts@legis.wisconsin.gov.