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Menomonee Falls School District votes 5-2 to eliminate 'Indians' nickname

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Menomonee Falls School District voted 5-2 to eliminate the Indians nickname at a meeting Monday, Dec. 9.

After months of debate, residents had one last chance to talk to the school board. 

"I hope this is the last time that I need to come up here and speak to this issue."

The majority of the residents who spoke wanted to change the school's nickname.

"We are all members of this community, and we should all be made to feel welcome."

Others, fought to keep it. Many have spoken at previous meetings. When residents were done, the board weighed in and the vote was clear.

"There are two nays and five ayes, have it the mascot will be retired in the 2020 school year."

The president admitted she didn't know how this vote would go.

The vote means the name will be retired after this year.

The district will then form a committee to decide on a new name, made up mostly of students.

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