Skip to comments.Spirit Lake takes legal action against NCAA
Posted on 11/01/2011 10:47:32 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
Spirit Lake Tribal Council representatives announced this morning that legal action has been taken against the NCAA over the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
According to attorney Reed Soderstrom, representing the Committee of Understanding and Respect, and Archie Fool Bear, individually and on behalf of 1,004 petitioners from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the lawsuit against the NCAA was filed in response to their ruling on the nickname and subsequent sanctions.
The lawsuit involves 12 counts, including copyright infringement, lack of jurisdiction and intentional infliction of emotional distress on the Sioux people.
And when did this tribe file for a copyright?
And when did this tribe file for a copyright?
Have the Fighting Irish and the Fighting Illini commented?
The NCAA is infringing on their rights to use or lend for use their own names ~ and trade-dress.
The NCAA will lose this one and this little tribe will make some bucks off them.
However, it's more like a TRADEMARK and those things just cruise along forever and ever. Kikoman, founded in Japan in the early 1600s, has a Trademark that's as protected now in America as it was nearly half a millenia ago ~ although I don't think they bring in a Samurai to cut off your head for stealing these days ~ but they could!
Remember, the Sioux have their own tried and tested techniques of ancient vintage.
How about UND make their logo “The fightin’ John ‘Injun Liver-Eatin’ Johnsons”
Rumors, legends, and campfire tales abound about Johnson. Perhaps chief among them is this one: In 1847, his Native American wife was killed by the Crow people, which prompted Johnson to embark on an almost 12-year vendetta against the tribe. The legend says that he would cut out and eat the liver of each man killed. This was an insult to Crow being that the Crow Indians used to eat the raw livers from their game because they believed it gave them the vitality of the animal that they ate.
Actually I would have expected a trademark. An Indian tribe name could be trademarked as a sports team trademark. But the tribe would have to file for the trademark before it was used. Some savvy tribes do, for example the Seminole (and they rake in the dough and both the Injuns and the palefaces are happy). But the Indian tribes can’t come along decades later and pull a stunt like this.
That said, there is no one fixed opinion in Indiandom about the suitability of paleface sports teams borrowing their tribe names. Some love it, some hate it, some don’t care.
Sounds like he’s lucky not to have gotten vitamin A poisoning.
A stunt like what? The tribe is suing the NCAA to STOP them from telling UND that they have to drop the Fighting Sioux name.
Wow, they got 1,004 petitioners from the Standing Rock reservation! They must have included all the dogs and Antelopes.
I thought they wanted to be called Lakota.
The Lakota were originally referred to as the Dakota when they lived by the Great Lakes.
I can’t keep up.
Here in Michigan, we have the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Eastern Michigan Hurons. The mostly white NCAA and PC police hated both of those names. The Chippewas stayed the Chippewas due to an agreement with the large Ojibwe/Chippewa tribe in Mt Pleasant and a lot of hell raised. The Hurons however became the Eagles, and some small Huron tribes, balked because they figured that nobody would remember them. I've never even knowingly seen a Huron.
If it is so offensive to these people - why do they do this?
I couldn't get through these names without spraying the monitor with coffee.
It's not.....They're suing the NCAA citing the Sioux name is public domain and the NCAA has no legal authority to tell UND not to use it.......The actual brief that was filed is linked at the site.
“I pity the Archie Fool Bear” , was one of Mr.T’s favorite sayings.
I went to the University of North Dakota. Go Sioux.
The university has a very close relationship to the Seminole Nation and Chief Osceola appears at the home games riding "Renegade". Very impressive if you're there at the game.
The Seminole Nation told the NCAA to find a better use for their time instead of deciding what is or isn't right for the Seminoles.
Oops, I didn’t follow all the curlicues in this case. This is pretty stuck up of the NCAA to assume they’re more “sensitive” than the concerned Indian tribe itself! Yes, if the Sioux grants UND permission the NCAA should certainly butt out! You’d think they’d get the hint without having to be made to go to court, which is very sad. Maybe the head of the NCAA should find a ketchup-covered tomahawk in his bed in the morning, with a note attached saying that you don’t mess around with the Sioux.