Letter: A slap in the face over 'Fighting Sioux'
"I am saddened and disgusted by the continual disrespect that is shown to our tribal governments by disrespecting our elected officials and ignoring their resolutions.

I recently read a couple of things that gave me hope. I read an article in the Dakota Student that the chancellor of the North Dakota University System is calling for an end to UND’s nickname and logo issue sooner than the three-year deadline set by the lawsuit. I read the column by Lloyd Omdahl, a former fervent Fighting Sioux supporter, describing the merits of discontinuing the use of the nickname and logo in a timely manner.

My hopes were high, and I had a moment where I wished I was still at UND, to see and be a part of this change. Then came the inevitable slap in the face in the form of the flier announcing the “Unveiling of Tribal Flags Ceremony,” in which our elders and veterans will be taken advantage of once again by the officials of Ralph Engelstad Arena.

I am the former assistant director of American Indian Student Services at UND, where I worked for 15 years. I am now on the faculty at Minnesota State University Moorhead. When I applied for this position, I had not been searching for a job but venting to a friend that some days I felt like I just couldn’t deal with this issue anymore and that UND’s continued use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo was the only reason I would consider leaving my job."

Get the Story:
Donna Brown: Nickname issue pushes UND employee out the door (The Grand Forks Herald 10/5)

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