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Wisconsin Supreme Court Asked to Review Use of American Indian Nicknames by SchoolsSubmitted: 02/01/2013
MADISON - Should Wisconsin schools be able to use American Indian nicknames and logos?

The state's highest court has been asked to take on the issue of Native American mascotts.

The state schools superintendent ordered the Mukwonago Area School District in southeastern Wisconsin to drop its "indians" nickname and logo.

Parents James Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz sued.

At first a circuit court judge blocked the Department of Public Instruction's order.

Then the 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled Schoolcraft and Vertz had no legal standing to sue.

The men's attorney asked the Supreme Court to take the case today.

He argues state statutes that allow D-P-I to order schools to drop tribal nicknames are unconstitutional.

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