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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-22-06 12:31 AM
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Racism alive and well in North Dakota. Nazis are welcome! Really!
If, despite the general flatness, there is anything resembling a cliff near Grand Forks, N.D., it would be wise to post a cop near the summit. UND appears ready to jump.
The University of North Dakota is behaving self-destructively and needs an intervention. Its academic poohbahs seem to suffer from an identity disorder in which they imagine they personify the courage and tenacity of the Sioux Indians whose name they sully.

The head of a North Dakota college that actually is run by Indians -- a tribal technical college in Bismarck -- has called on UND to stop its increasingly bizarre effort to keep its "Fighting Sioux" nickname. Similar pleas have come from the tribal leadership at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, the Bismarck Tribune, and the leaders of Indian student organizations at UND. But UND can't help itself. It is like the guy with the mustache in "Brokeback Mountain" who says "I wish I could quit you," and then puts up the pup tent.

Unfortunately, the "Fighting Sioux" name is popular with wealthy benefactors, some of whom would wear chicken feather headdresses and whoop it up at cocktail parties if they still could.

http://www.startribune.com/357/story/505411.html

I am a proud alumni of this college. I am TIRED of their racist policies.
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UnseenUndergrad Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-22-06 01:35 AM
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1. Ah... popular culture
The fact that "Sioux" was actually the shorthand of the regional word for 'adder' and was the name of a very famous war confederation of the major northern plains peoples (Dakota, Lakota and Nakota I believe) seems lost on nearly everyone.

I hope to hell that that's accurate.

But don't let my fancy talk fool you, I fully sympathize with the First Nations (as we canucks call them) position. Tastelessness never dies out it seems.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-22-06 09:32 AM
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2. Hi UnseenUndergrad!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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