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Mukwonago residents file suit against state over logo decision

Mukwonago High School logo; Indians logo

Two Mukwonago residents have filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Public Instruction that challenges the DPI's decision to order the Mukwonago School District to change its Indian nickname and logo.

Earlier this year, the DPI ordered the change after a hearing on a complaint from former student Rain Koepke, who maintained that the logo was discriminatory and promoted racism.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court by James Schoolcraft and Mukwonago Braves Football President Craig Vertz.  It names the Mukwonago Area School District as an involuntary plaintiff, saying that the district may have an interest in the suit's outcome.

School Superintendent Paul Strobel said the School District is in no way behind the lawsuit and is not funding the lawsuit, which claims the state law allowing residents to file complaints about district logos is "vague and ambiguous."

The suit goes on to claim that the total costs associated with changing the nickname and logo could cost the taxpayers of the District up to $100,000.  But according to both Strobel and Mukwonago High School Principal Shawn McNulty, the change will cost less than $50,000.

For more on this story, check out next Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.

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