Opinion: Most 'Indian' mascots aren't offensive or discriminatory
"A few months ago, Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill into law that allowed school superintendents to ban American Indian mascots if residents found them offensive.

The NCAA has also banned American Indian mascots and imagery in postseason tournaments for several years.

I believe most American Indian mascots are fine and do not discriminate. I think schools choose these mascots to honor the history and traditions of the tribes.

Some names and mascots, like the Redskins, can be offensive, so I agree with the new part of the Wisconsin law that calls for a hearing if residents object to the mascot. A hearing is a fair way to decide if it should be allowed or not.

I disagree with the NCAA on banning all American Indian logos and imagery in tournaments. If the tribe OK's the mascot and believes the school is honoring them, why shouldn't the school have the right to show the mascot?"

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