The Mukwonago School District said in a statement today that although they do not agree with the Department of Public Instruction's ruling regarding their mascot and logo, they will comply with the law.
"If the position of the Wisconsin legislature was that they didn’t want schools to have Native American nicknames, logos or mascots, they should have passed a law eliminating them rather than have the DPI ruling on them on a case- by-case basis. WI Statute 118.134 has forced schools into a costly defense of retaining their logos in the most difficult of economic times. The time, money, and energy should have been spent on the education of our students," the statement reads.
The statement goes on to say, "We honestly believe that Mukwonago High School has provided the DPI with the most vigorous defense of any school in the state. Unfortunately, this law allows one person to complain."
The district says they've worked hard to educate students about Native American culture and history and claims the students have done nothing but show respect toward the logo and nickname.
They go on to say they understand that there is research proving that race-based logos and nicknames can lower the self-esteem of Native American students.
"Although we disagree with the law and the DPI, we will comply with this decision. There are no plans for further appeals. From this point forward we plan to work on a new logo, nickname and mascot that we can all be excited about and proud of, a logo that will unify the students, staff and community," reads the statement.
The district will be seeking input from students, staff, parents, alumni and community members in choosing a new logo. They ask that all students and adults "maintain a civil discussion when addressing the issue....Although we may disagree with another individual or groups' opinion, we listen and respect their right to express it and we will fully comply with the law."
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