State appeals Mukwonago nickname ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state is appealing a Waukesha County court ruling which allows Mukwonago High School to keep its Indians nickname and logo.

Judge Donald Hassin ruled in September that the state’s effort to strip the school of its Indians name was unconstitutional. The state Department of Public Instruction ruled last year the nickname and mascot perpetuated stereotypes of American Indians and is discriminatory. The district was given a year to drop the Indians mascot. The school district did not and Hassin ruled the department’s administrative hearing on the case was unfair.

The Journal Sentinel says at least three other school districts have had administrative hearings on their nicknames.