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Wisconsin Town Embraces Native American Logo

While Marquette University and other schools steer clear of American Indian nicknames and logos, the village of Mishicot and its school district embrace it.

The new paint job on Mishicot's water tower finished this week
depicts an Indian logo. A full Indian headdress can be found on the wall of a school gym and on advertising for school-related activities.

Village clerk Jim Bydalek says the historic connection to Potawatomi Indians is a source of community pride.

The village has the support of Chief Abraham Mishicot's
descendants of the Hannahville Indian Community in Wilson,
Michigan.

When it came time to repaint the water tower, the village got
advice from Earl Meshigaud, great-grandson of Mishicot. He helped
the village create a more accurate depiction of the Potawatomi than
a full Indian headdress.

The Potawatomi were forest Indians, so the full headdress wasn't practical. Instead Mishicot and his people wore a cap or turbine of fur
with a feather in the back.

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