AILCEB Resolution 1-92
Whereas, the use of American Indian logos and mascots by public schools
has caused immeasurable harm by perpetuating stereotypes of a racial group, and that no
other racial group has had its dignity denigrated by society by the use of said logos; and
Whereas, the American Indian Language and Culture Education Board has kept abreast of the strong feelings of American Indian people throughout the state who have objected to the continued use of Indian logos and mascots; and
Whereas, the use of American Indian logos and mascots presented by public schools as a "symbol of respect and honor" is a misguided representation because the schools do not understand the significance or the diversity of the histories and cultures of the more than 500 Indian tribes residing in the United States (hence, the reason for the 1989 Wisconsin Act 31 requiring all districts to teach Wisconsin Indian histories); and
Whereas, the American Indian Language and Culture Education Board is legislatively charged with advising the Higher Educational Aids Board, the UW System, the Wisconsin Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, and the Department of Public Instruction;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Indian Language and Culture Education Board that
(1) the use of Indian images/caricatures, logos, and mascots by all public and private schools (K-12 through postsecondary) be eliminated when the local tribal governing body or, in its absence, a state Indian education body designates such as racially offensive;
(2) the Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association aggressively encourage all schools to review their mascot policies for racial connotations.
The undersigned officer of the American Indian Language and Culture Education
Board does hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted at a duly called
meeting of the board on May 18, 1992.
May 18, 1992
Date Alfred Pyatskowit, Chairman
LANGUAGE and CULTURE EDUCATION BOARD