The Menominee Nation's new chairwoman is criticizing Wisconsin's new school mascot law in front of the state Legislature.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in December making it harder to force public schools to drop tribal nicknames.
Until Walker signed the measure, it took only a single complaint to trigger a state review of the mascot. Under the new law, it takes a petition to trigger the review and the burden of proof falls on the complainants to prove the nickname or mascot is racist.
Menominee Chairwoman Laurie Boivin told legislators during the annual State of the Tribes address Thursday that native children shouldn't be subjected to inaccurate representations of their culture and other victims of discrimination don't have to circulate a petition.