The NCAA and UND settled today the dispute over the university's nickname, "Fighting Sioux." They have three years to get tribal approval or retire it.
Fighting Sioux, referring to the Indian Tribe, has been a divisve issue at UND.
Critics say it is a racist stereotype, while supporters maintain it is inoffensive and a source of pride.
It was initially chosen (changed from "the Flickertails") to rival NDSU's Bison mascot- something strong, warlike, and bearing. While the tribe itself may prefer Lakota, I see nothing wrong with the Indian mascots at universities today. Shall we attack the Washington Redskins? The Cleveland Indians?
I will admit that I have not heard the actual Indains' position on this matter (my own fault, I concur). But still, I see a bunch of white kids fighting the mascot fight. Can they honestly claim they take offense? Does it help them sleep at night?
If you don't like the mascot, go to school somewhere else. Keep fighting, UND Sioux!
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