Budget proposal would help schools drop race-based mascots

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget includes $400,000 to help local school districts that still have race-based mascots transition to another nickname.

In Wisconsin, officials say more than two dozen schools still have Native American mascots.

The proposal would create a program that would help schools with the process through grants, Wisconsin Public Radio News reported.

“We are in a period in time, not just here in the state but across the country, where there is a reconciliation around issues of race,” said Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. “And for too long, our tribal communities, our native nations have been marginalized.”