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Mukwonago School Board votes to keep "Indians" nickname

MUKWONAGO, WI (WTAQ) - The Mukwonago School Board in Waukesha County has voted to keep the high school’s Indian nickname, in spite of a state order to drop it.

The Board voted 8-1 Monday night to keep the “Indians” moniker, which the district has had for decades.

When Democrats ran state government in 2009, they created a complaint system in which schools with Indian names and logos would have to drop them if the state education department found them offensive.

Two months after the law was passed, the DPI ordered Mukwonago to drop its name.

Two parents later challenged the order in court. A Waukesha County judge threw out the mandate, saying the DPI’s process was biased against the school district.

An appellate court disagreed and put the state’s order back in place. More recent Republican efforts to drop the Indian nickname law have gone nowhere in the Legislature.

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