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UND files another appeal over 'Fighting Sioux'



The "Fighting Sioux" logo of the University of North Dakota. ™ UND.
The University of North Dakota has filed a second appeal in hopes of protecting its "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo.

The appeal was sent to the NCAA Executive Committee. A subcommittee previously rejected the school's attempt to remove "Sioux" from the list of hostile and abusive mascots.

A lawsuit in the federal courts is possible if the appeal fails. UND President Charles Kupchella claims the NCAA's decision has worsened the controversy over the name. "Do you dismiss 80 years of tradition and pride in a logo and say, 'Well, that's irrelevant'?" he tells The Washington Post.

Kupchella has taken pride in noting that the new logo was created by an Indian artists. But The Post notes that the artist is Chippewa, a tribe considered the traditional enemy of the Sioux people.

Get the Story:
In North Dakota, Controversy Has a Name (The Washington Post 11/6)
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UND NICKNAME: New appeal rife with legalese (The Grand Forks Herald 11/5)

NCAA Decision on Fighting Sioux:
Statement by NCAA Senior Vice-President for Governance and Membership Bernard Franklin on University of North Dakota Review(September 28, 2005)

NCAA Policy on Indian Mascots:
NCAA Executive Committee Issues Guidelines for Use of Native American Mascots at Championship Events (August 5, 2005)

Relevant Links:
University of North Dakota - http://www.und.edu
The Ralph - http://www.theralph.com
Fighting Sioux - http://www.fightingsioux.com
NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee - http://www1.ncaa.org/eprise/main/
membership/governance/assoc-wide/moic/index.html

National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media - http://www.aimovement.org/ncrsm

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