Marathon County High School Asked To Drop Indian Mascot Name

American Indians have asked Mosinee High School to change its mascot.

Mosinee has been called the Indians for more than 70 years. The school board agreed last night to consider the issue at a future meeting.

A group of civic leaders are hoping the state will take the decision out of the hands of the school board. Two bills are to be introduced in the spring that would force districts to change their mascots if they promote discrimination or stereotyping.

The high school already has taken some measures to eliminate the nickname and logo. The school has replaced its American Indian images in most places, including on the football team's helmets.

Opponents of the change say the nickname honors the area's past history -- and after 70 years, its become synonymous with Mosinee High