Seven years ago, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) placed UND on a list of schools they referred to as “hostile and abusive” and if the nickname was not removed, UND’s athletic teams could risk sanctions. In the past, other schools in the same position quickly removed these (according to some) controversial nicknames when pressured by the NCAA to do so. Yet others like the Florida State Seminoles actually got approval from the tribes to use a reference to them as their mascot. North Dakota tribes cannot seem to agree on doing this and have taken legal measures against UND.
Should we be expecting the same suggestion for the team the Sioux were influenced by – The ‘Fighting Irish’ of Notre Dame? Will the Irish be the next to voice their offended feelings about a nickname that has been attached to the UND (University of Notre Dame) since the late 1800’s? Is the moniker ‘fighting’ not considered a prideful description of these teams? Are those who back these nicknames calling those they are attached to hostile and combatant or are they referring to them being strong and prideful? This is where the ‘fighting’ moniker can get taken the wrong way. However, it’s only in the past decades that this has risen as a problem. The nickname was added sometime in the 1930’s because the school’s main opponent has been the NDSU Bison and Sioux are great at exterminating Bison. Over all these decades, the nickname has been accepted. What spurred the issue? Are people jumping on a bandwagon just to say they did or do they really feel the Sioux tribe is being called murderers?
However you look at it, this issue divides the state of North Dakota, fans, students and the tribes in the area. Federal lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Native Americans on both sides of the argument with none of them reaching a settlement. As of June 12th, 2012, the issue had reached the level of being voted on during the North Dakota Primary. Regardless of the outcome, supporters state they will continue the fight as there seems to be many who believe the name should stay indefinitely.
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