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Tribes set to oppose 'Fighting Sioux' nickname


Four tribes plan to pass resolutions in opposition to the "Fighting Sioux" nickname of the University of North Dakota.

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, the Three Affiliated Tribes, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe will take up the issue, said Jay Taken Alive, a Standing Rock council member. Taken Alive hopes to get the Spirit Lake Nation on board.

The opposition of the tribes could affect UND's appeal of the NCAA policy on Indian mascots. The NCAA said it will consider the views of "namesake" tribes, as it did in exempting the Florida State University "Seminoles," a mascot supported by the Seminole Tribe.

Get the Story:
FIGHTING SIOUX NICKNAME: Tribal councils to oppose UND in NCAA appeal (The Grand Forks Herald 8/28)

NCAA Announcement:
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
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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