August 28th, 2007
The nickname of theÂ University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is the “Fighting Sioux.”Â Many tribal people and some tribes have vehemently demanded the university to change that name.
But it is reported today that the veterans group on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is backing the University of North Dakota’s controversial “Fighting Sioux” nickname and logo.Â The vote by the governing board came during a meeting with Sam Dupris, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a Korean War veteran.Â Dupris is serving as an “envoy” for the Ralph Engelstad Arena, which is decorated with thousands of Indian symbols and features a sculpture of an Indian on a horse.
UND has been placed on the NCAA’s list of schools with hostile and abusive Indian mascots. The school is suing NCAA in order to keep using the “Fighting Sioux” nickname and logo at postseason tournaments.