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WI Supreme Court asked to rule on constitutionality of forcing Indian nickname drop


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two Mukwonago school parents have asked the State Supreme Court to decide whether it was constitutional to make their high school drop its long-time Indian nickname.

A state appeals court recently ruled that James Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz did not have the legal standing to challenge a 2010 state law, in which schools can be forced to drop their Indian names and logos if the state finding them discriminatory.

Sam Hall, the attorney for the two men, said his clients can question the constitutionality of the law regardless of whether or not they were a part the state’s hearing process used to back up its order. He cited a clause in the U.S. Constitution to make that determination.

Mukwonago school officials recently said they would not follow the order to drop the “Indians” team name and logo. And they’ve asked state lawmakers to repeal to 2010 mandate.