The Berlin School District has until July 1 to change the "Indians" mascot after a lawsuit filed by parents challenging a Dept. of Public Instruction ruling was dropped Monday.
After a 2011 complaint by a district resident, the DPI ordered Berlin to change the nickname. Several parents then sued, seeking to overturn the decision. Before the Berlin lawsuit could go to trial, however, a similar lawsuit by parents in the Mukwonago was rejected the appeals court, as the state law was upheld.
In the wake of that decision, the parents, the Berlin School District and the DPI have mutually agreed to end the suit, according to attorney Sam Hall, who represented the parents.
As part of the agreement, the Green Lake County Judge Mark Slate signed an order Monday which "requires the District to terminate its use of the 'Indians' nickname and the logos depicting the head of a male person wearing a feather headdress, arrows and feathers."
Legislators passed a law in 2010 giving the state Department of Public Instruction the authority to force schools to drop race-based nicknames, logos and mascots if a complaint was filed and the agency found the names or images were discriminatory.
The parents will now focus efforts on repealing that law, Hall said.
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