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NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS: North Dakota, NCAA Spar Over Mascot

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The University of North Dakota is one step closer to retiring its nickname and mascot, but changing the school's 90-year-old Native American moniker -- the Fighting Sioux -- has not been without complications.

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Ellen m (215)
Sunday August 14, 2011, 11:42 pm
Boo-Hoo...they've had almost 5 years to get it together and work with EVERYONE to find a solution to sympathy or even care from me on this one!

Crystal T (20)
Sunday August 14, 2011, 11:45 pm
I don't see the problem since they've had since 2007 to change it. they didn't have to wait until the last moment.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday August 15, 2011, 3:54 am
The Fighting Sioux nickname seem mighty fine to us...... what is with this politically correct stuff that is blighting out lives. Who wanted this changed and for what reason., The Sioux were a mighty nation and should be remembered as such.

Cheree M (46)
Monday August 15, 2011, 4:05 am
Noted, TY Cal

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday August 15, 2011, 7:08 am
Well, one can stick one's head in the sand and hope that the problem will go away. This way they had about five years of peace. Maybe they thought it was worth the scramble they will have to undergo now.

. (0)
Monday August 15, 2011, 5:47 pm
Noted. . .

Miranda Lyon (172)
Monday August 15, 2011, 6:06 pm
"nostalgia" for sports team names seems a poor excuse for not getting this done by now.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 15, 2011, 9:45 pm
As usual, he threat of losing money to them, trumps the offense they cause to entire tribes. When are people going to grow up and open their perceptions to actually see the effects they have on other people and all of life in this Creation? People should be respectful and careful, especially when they are IGNORANT, willfully so, of the harm they otherwise cause so many while they walk on this sacred Earth.

Anis K (49)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 3:35 pm
Good sharing thanks!

James E (16)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 9:22 pm
If they want to honor the Sioux they should treat them better rather than name a sports team after them.

To Patricia and Ed W Lones: "The Sioux were a mighty nation and should be remembered as such." The Sioux are still a nation and should be treated as such. Perhaps we should also remember all the treaties with the Sioux that were broken by America.

RosemaryRannes HusbandHeartFailure (650)
Tuesday August 16, 2011, 10:03 pm
The time is long overdo to recognize that the name of any sports team should not be at the expense of Native Americans who were made to suffer then as now having their rights and lands stolen !
So i agree with all and i appreciate James response *
Restoration of dignity is what is needed here !
p.s. if you're an Atlanta Braves fan get rid of the tomahawk chop ... it's just ridiculous and assonine !!

Fran SiteIssues F (119)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 1:22 am
What this article failed to make specific is that making a totem (mascot) of any human beings is considered highly disrespectful and is not done in Native American culture. Anyone who refuses to honor that cultural value is simply flaunting his or her own ignorance.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday August 17, 2011, 2:10 am
Thanks James - we weren't sure how many were left today.

Robert O (12)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 1:49 pm

Alison Baker (25)
Thursday August 18, 2011, 5:53 pm
The school just needs to get rid of the tire mascot. UIUC had the same problem with "Chief Illiniwek". An anthropologist (who really didn't know anything about his chosen academic program), got together with team members and developed this atrocity. It was nothing more than a dancing caricature for the masses. Historically inaccurate joke -- period.
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