Opinion: Not all tribes offended by 'Fighting Sioux' nickname

"What’s in a name?

Apparently a lot.

Great West Conference member and long-time institution University of North Dakota was forced to forfeit its mascot and name, the Fighting Sioux, this month as a result of protest from the NCAA and a local Native American tribe.

No word yet on whether animal rights groups will file a similar protest against the South Dakota Coyotes.

North Dakota’s situation raises questions, not the least of which is whether such minority victories will eventually cast their shadow over the likes of the Washington Redskins or the Atlanta Braves.

Clouding UND’s development is that the other local tribe voted in favor of the school keeping the name. Apparently not everyone was offended at a prominent university recognizing the Sioux as a key aspect of the region’s history and culture."

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Matt Petersen: No Sioux for you (The UVU Review 1/16)

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