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Gov. Walker still mum on signing Indian mascot bill

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker continues to shy away from saying whether he'll sign a bill which makes it easier for public schools to keep their Indian team names.  

Both houses of the Legislature passed the measure earlier this fall.  

The AP recently reported that the Republican Walker has until December 18th to either sign or veto the bill -- or else it will automatically go into effect.  

GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said this week he's confident that Walker will sign the measure -- which takes the guts out of a 2009 law passed by Democrats. That law created an official state procedure for handling complaints about Indian school monikers, with orders to change those names and mascots that the Department of Public Instruction found discriminatory.

Democrats and Indian leaders have urged Walker to veto the new bill, saying it fosters government approved discrimination.

Republicans say the bill forces schools to give up their long and popular traditions. Vos calls that, "a problem we've got to solve."  

The bill was proposed after the Mukwonago School District refused to follow a state order to dump its name "The Indians."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)