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Editorial: North Dakota ignorant towards Indians


"It might be a coincidence that UND's suit against the NCAA was filed Friday.

It might be a coincidence that hundreds of alumni were on campus for Homecoming, traditionally a time that's supercharged with team spirit.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said it was all a coincidence, and he's an honorable man, so we'll put aside our suspicions and concede that it was all a coincidence.

There's another, more telling, coincidence in the date. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 6, which is designated as Native American Day in North Dakota.

Probably this coincidence was unintentional. Probably nobody involved in the lawsuit knew about the observance.

That speaks volumes about North Dakota's racial climate, of course. It's not hostile to Native people as much as it is ignorant and indifferent."

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OUR OPINION: Lawsuit may help resolve nickname (The Grand Forks Herald 10/8)
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Relevant Links:
University of North Dakota - http://www.und.edu
The Ralph - http://www.theralph.com
Fighting Sioux - http://www.fightingsioux.com

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