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Kewaunee decides to drop Indians mascot


KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) -- The Kewaunee School District has decided to drop its Indians team name and logo a day before the state education department was to hold a hearing on whether it was discriminatory.

WLUK-TV reports that Kewaunee School Board President Brian Vogeltanz said Tuesday that while the district and community viewed the name as being complimentary to the area's Indian heritage, "we need to do what's right for the current times."

A retired Kewaunee teacher complained under a new state law that gives the Department of Public Instruction the ability to order schools to drop race-based names and logos. Last week the state ordered Osseo-Fairchild to stop using the Chieftains name.

A complaint is also pending against Mukwonago's use of Indians.

Kewaunee has about 1,100 students and is about 30 miles east of Green Bay.

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