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Bill guarding race-based school mascots gains traction

Mosinee residents ready to file complaint that likely would eliminate 'Indians' nickname if bill fails

6:57 PM, Oct. 17, 2013
Mosinee's Austin McCarthy (59) brings down Merrill running back Mason Reinhardt near the goal line in the third quarter Oct. 5 in Merrill. Activists in the Mosinee School District might lose their chance to change the district's 'Indians' nickname if a state bill passes.
Mosinee's Austin McCarthy (59) brings down Merrill running back Mason Reinhardt near the goal line in the third quarter Oct. 5 in Merrill. Activists in the Mosinee School District might lose their chance to change the district's 'Indians' nickname if a state bill passes.
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A bill that would make it harder to rid schools of race-based nicknames is gaining traction after it was approved by the Assembly this week. If the bill passes the Senate in November, the window of opportunity will close on Mosinee School District residents who want to change the high school's "Indians" nickname.

Some Mosinee residents, however, are hopeful the measure will fail, and they already have positioned themselves to change the nickname should the Senate reject the bill.

Since the law went into effect in May 2010, residents of four school districts filed complaints, and at least two ...

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