Feb. 13, The Call To End Race-Based Mascots

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Native American educator Richie Plass
Richie Plass showed his exhibit “Bittersweet Winds” at Shawano Community High School in November 2019. Plass portrayed the school’s mascot in 1968, Rob Mentzer/WPR

The Wausau School Board championed a recent statewide effort to ban all Native American mascots in Wisconsin, but state school boards voted overwhelmingly against the proposal at a meeting of school board delegates in January. Shereen Siewert welcomes Auburndale School District Administrator James Delikowski, Wisconsin Indian Education Association “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce Chairwoman Barbara Munson and Native American activist Richie Plass for a discussion on the issue.

Plass, who grew up on the Menominee Indian Reservation, will share his experience as the Shawano Community High School mascot, while Munson, a member of the Oneida Nation, will explain her group’s call for an end to Native mascots. Delikowski will discuss his district’s unique approach to the debate, which involves a community effort to choose a new mascot for Auburndale schools.

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Rick Reyer Producer
  • Richie Plass Guest
  • Barbara Munson Guest
  • James Delikowski Guest