Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Wisconsin News Briefs
From the Journal Sentinel
Last Updated: April 16, 2003
Indian gambling cartoon wiped off Web site
Madison -- In response to complaints that it was derogatory, the state Republican Party dropped a cartoon Wednesday from a Web site that claimed taxpayers were "scalped" by the gaming compact the governor reached with the Forest County Potawatomi.
The cartoon depicted a tomahawk flying through the air at a Wisconsin taxpayer. The voice-over said: "As taxpayers, we got scalped."
"We do not consider the cartoon to be offensive; it certainly wasn't our intent," Republican Party spokesman Chris Lato said. "If a few people were taken aback by that cartoon . . . we want to address those concerns."
Forest County Potawatomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford on Tuesday called the cartoon "racist and derogatory."
Lato said the cartoon, which was posted online for one day, was intended to point out flaws in the agreement Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle reached with the tribe.
Wisconsin tribes respond
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