On Air Now

Current Show

Jerry Bader   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Call The Jerry Bader Show at 1-888-455-1360

Show Info »

Upcoming Shows

Program Schedule »

Listen

Listen Live Now » 550 AM Wausau, WI 99.9 FM Stevens Point, WI

Weather

Current Conditions(Wausau,WI 54403)

More Weather »
64° Feels Like: 64°
Wind: WSW 5 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip

Today

Scattered Thunderstorms 75°

Tonight

Clear 53°

Tomorrow

Mostly Sunny 79°

Alerts

State Senate takes up stricter Indian nickname bill

Mukwonago Indians logo
Mukwonago Indians logo

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate will consider a bill Tuesday which makes it harder to force public schools to stop using Indian team names and mascots. 

The Assembly passed the measure last month 52-41. 

It requires Indians to prove they've been hurt by school mascots, instead of school boards having to prove that the monikers don't discriminate.  Complaints would only be considered if petitions are filed with signatures equal to 10 percent of a school's enrollment. 

Also, the Administration Department would hear the complaints instead of the state Department of Public Instruction. 

The bill would nullify much of the 2009 law passed by Democrats, which created a system in which Indian logos that discriminate have to be dropped -- or else schools could face daily fines. The GOP bill would nullify the orders made to schools under the '09 law. 

Supporters say the previous law does not give schools much of a chance to defend themselves. 

The bill's opponents say it would take Wisconsin a step backward in race relations.  

Comments