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Opinion: 'Fighting Sioux' is racist even with tribe's support





"Here's a first. A Native American tribe is fighting with the NCAA to allow the use of their name by a college athletic program at the University of North Dakota. It takes quite some chutzpah to try to take an entire nation back 40 years!

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Spirit Lake Nation have filed suit against the NCAA, claiming the North Dakota school has a right to call its athletic teams the Fighting Sioux, because the tribe's members have dubbed it an honor. They say the NCAA has no right to decide how they, the 1,004+ people in the suit, feel in denying the university's name request. Fair enough, but what about all the other Native Americans out there who would side with the NCAA?

I can respect that these people see the name as a badge of honor, but to use that as an excuse is like taking the women who have tried to own the word "b--ch" as proof that kids should now be allowed to let the b-word fly in elementary school. When something is offensive to a great many people, the fact that one or two can laugh it off doesn't mean the rest should have to."

Get the Story:
Jeanne Sager: Native Americans' Support of Racist College Team Doesn't Make It Right (Cafemom.com 11/3)

Also Today:
Division at Spirit Lake: Nickname opponents seek to revoke authority given to pro-nickname committee (The Grand Forks Herald 11/3)
Dalrymple: Spirit Lake lawsuit won’t affect special session outcome (The Grand Forks Herald 11/3)

Another Opinion:
Andrew Cohen: I Think Indian Mascots Are Insulting — So Sioux Me (Athletic Business 11/3)

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