Officials file motion over Wisconsin mascot

BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — The state wants a lawsuit dismissed that challenges the constitutionality of a 2010 state law that allows the schools superintendent to ban American Indian mascots and logos.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction ordered the Berlin School District to drop its Indians nickname and logo by Sept. 16, 2012, because its use promotes stereotyping, discrimination and pupil harassment.

A district resident had earlier filed a complaint regarding the Berlin Indians nickname.

The school district decided not to fight the state ruling, but a group of local citizens filed a lawsuit in October.

The state’s motion filed Tuesday claims a lawsuit should be brought by a school district, not individual taxpayers.

The citizen group’s attorney Sam Hall tells the Oshkosh Northwestern that he doesn’t expect a dismissal.