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Column: The only good Indian is an honored Indian

"With each cleansing of a racial caricature from the sports scene, the pressure mounts on the 'Fighting Sioux' logo and name of the University of North Dakota, which finds itself in a small rump group of nickname offenders.

At this point, the arguments North Dakota puts forward for keeping the name aren't the issue. The question is what kind of university wants to put its name and reputation through the wringer in defense of 'honoring' a tribe whose representatives have said time and time again -- despite bogus claims by those who deny it -- that they don't consider it an honor to be reduced to a nickname.

Last fall, using alumni donations that would be better spent in the classroom, UND took the NCAA to court, challenging the group's finding that the 'Fighting Sioux' logo and nickname are 'hostile and abusive.' Since many of the Sioux tribes in the Dakotas have come to the same conclusion, it would have been civil to bow to the NCAA ruling.

Forget civility. When North Dakota honors Indians, they better stay 'honored.' The only good Indian is an honored Indian. What a waste of time and money by a university that remains in the thrall of dead casino operator and Nazi memorabilia collector Ralph Engelstad, who gave UND $100 million to build the Taj Mahal of hockey arenas and festooned it with thousands of Fighting Sioux logos so it would be easier to tear down than to remove them all."

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Nick Coleman: Illinois shows North Dakota what is the truly honorable thing (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 2/21)

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