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Committee formed to decide on future of Berlin's Indian mascot

BERLIN, WI (WTAQ) - The Berlin School Board has formed a subcommittee to help decide whether the district should still drop its Indian logo, even though it's no longer required to do so.  

Both sides were aired at a board meeting Wednesday night. That was after the governor and state Legislature threw out a 2011 order from the state Department of Public Instruction requiring Berlin to trash its Indians' nickname and logo by July 1st.  

The order was result of a state law passed by Democrats in 2009 -- most of which was thrown out by Republicans last year.  

Berlin Superintendent Robert Eidahl says the time constraint has been taken away, and the district can take its time and make its own decision.  

Under the new law, it takes a petition to get the state to consider orders to drop an Indian mascot -- and not just a complaint from one person. The Administration Department will make the call instead of the DPI. And the new law tossed out the state's previous orders for three districts -- including Berlin -- to drop the Indian monikers. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)