Wisconsin Tribal Leaders Urge Ban On Logos

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The head of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council is urging lawmakers to ban Wisconsin schools from using American Indian logos, mascots and other discriminatory images.

Raymond DePerry made that request Tuesday in the first State of the Tribes address at the state Capitol.

He spent much of the speech touting the address as a historic moment in the relationship between Wisconsin and the tribes.

DePerry closed the address by applauding school districts that have voluntarily stopped using the images, which he said are a form of discrimination against the tribes and their members.

His call received a tepid response from members of the Assembly and Senate who gathered in the Assembly chambers. But tribal members in the audience erupted in support.

DePerry is also chairman of the Red Cliff band of Chippewa.