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North Dakota voters to decide on Fighting Sioux nickname
Fox News ^ | June 12 2012

Posted on 06/12/2012 6:21:42 AM PDT by Zakeet

A bitter dispute over whether the University of North Dakota should save or scrap its Fighting Sioux nickname headed to voters on Tuesday, even as supporters of the moniker pledged another battle this fall regardless of the outcome.

The issue has been simmering on the campus for several decades but boiled over seven years ago when UND was placed on a list of schools with American Indian nicknames the NCAA deemed hostile and abusive. Those colleges were told to dump the monikers or risk sanctions against their athletic teams.

Voters in Tuesday's North Dakota primary will be asked whether to uphold or reject the Legislature's repeal of a state law requiring the school to continue using the nickname and American Indian head logo. A yes vote would seemingly retire the nickname, but even that may be temporary.

As its members urged state residents on Monday to vote to keep the name, a group that called itself the Committee for Understanding and Respect circulated petitions for a second referendum. That measure would change the state constitution to declare UND forever be known as the Fighting Sioux.

"Our second phase, and our ultimate goal, is the November ballot," the group said in a statement.

Sean Johnson, spokesman for the nickname supporters, said his group will "keep plugging away" on the second referendum no matter what happens during Tuesday's primary. He predicted the vote would be close.

Some schools quickly removed their American Indian-themed nicknames when faced with NCAA pressure, and others such as Florida State survived the edict by getting approval from namesake tribes. However, there was no such consensus among tribal leaders in North Dakota.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: fightingsioux; mascot; northdakota; tyranny

Us Libtards heap offended when white man disrespect-em Indians!

1 posted on 06/12/2012 6:21:56 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
Get the NCAA out of Indianapolis, Indiana NOW!
2 posted on 06/12/2012 6:26:05 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Zakeet
If the Sioux are fine with it then so am I. If they are offended then change the name to something that honors the ND settlers. Pioneers?, Settlers?, or how about Calvary?
3 posted on 06/12/2012 6:26:22 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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To: BO Stinkss

How about “Negotiating Sioux” if “Fighting Sioux” is offensive?


4 posted on 06/12/2012 6:28:11 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Zakeet

I thought this kinda junk went out in the Sixties. Someone needs to get a life.


5 posted on 06/12/2012 6:35:51 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Zakeet
To go along with the pro gay themed PC format how about the "Fighting Sioux"
6 posted on 06/12/2012 6:36:41 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Zakeet; Forty-Niner; Verginius Rufus
Liberals who start this crap should be told to work through the system they have created to take rights away from the rest of us.

if they want a name changed, they should come up with the money and signatures it takes to put it on the ballot. It should not be just "Change the Name". It should include the new name they want to sell to the voters.

If it is passed they should be responsible for all the expenses associated with changing the name: legal fees, contracts, schedules, school signs, scoreboards, gymnasium floors, uniforms, cheer leader outfits, insurance contracts, etc.

7 posted on 06/12/2012 6:46:41 AM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: Zakeet

Change the name to something catchy like:

“The NCAA Are Pussies”


8 posted on 06/12/2012 6:54:17 AM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: Forty-Niner
I thought this kinda junk went out in the Sixties. Someone needs to get a life.

It did not. It is more rampant today than it was in the 60s.

Numerous schools -- elementary, high school, and college -- are having the same battles. Many of those have already capitulated and changed the names of their teams and/or changed the logos/images of those teams.

Libs/progressives don't mind that it takes decades to accomplish their goals. Whenever an issue initially fails, they renew it a few years later.

See articles on Global Cooling/Warming/Climate Change which have been going on since the hole in the Ozone Layer in the 60s/70s. Even after the recent revelations of fraudulent data to support it, the AGW supporters are still pushing the idea of climate change as a man-made problem.
9 posted on 06/12/2012 6:58:17 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Zakeet

If they cave on this, let me suggest that their new name be the “Grovelling Political Correctoids.”


10 posted on 06/12/2012 6:58:40 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack
UND should really change it to the...



just to irk the Leftists.
11 posted on 06/12/2012 7:05:35 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Iron Munro

I’m kinda partial to “Insufferable NCAA Busybodies” as a replacement name.


12 posted on 06/12/2012 7:10:44 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: BO Stinkss

Would the name The University of North Dakota Wimps be acceptable to the NCAA?


13 posted on 06/12/2012 7:31:16 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Bwahahahaha! I was thinking the same thing.

Or better yet, change it to the Fighting Sues and have a picture of a girl with pigtails - maybe like Pippi Longstocking.


14 posted on 06/12/2012 7:52:41 AM PDT by Suz in AZ
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To: Zakeet

Change the logo to a picture of Johnny Cash and call the team the “Fighting Sue”.


15 posted on 06/12/2012 8:16:33 AM PDT by Poison Pill (Obama is the hopium of the masses)
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To: Stosh
I’m kinda partial to “Insufferable NCAA Busybodies” as a replacement name.

Even better!

That will look good on their uniforms.

16 posted on 06/12/2012 8:16:45 AM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: Zakeet

They are also voting to do away with property taxes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/12/us/north-dakota-voters-consider-ending-property-tax.html?_r=1&hp


17 posted on 06/12/2012 8:29:43 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Zakeet

“Friends let me tell you ‘bout a North Dakotan named Ole
A poor grain farmer I can’t think of anything that rhymes with “Ole”
Then one day he was shootin’ at some food
And up from the ground come a bubblin’ crude
Oil that is
Black gold
North Dakota lutefisk.”


18 posted on 06/12/2012 8:36:38 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Zakeet

Utter nonsense and more waste of time and money. All problems in North Dakota must have been solved because why else would the voters be asked to decide on the totally trivial issue of the name of a sports team?


19 posted on 06/12/2012 8:52:59 AM PDT by The Angry American
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To: The Angry American
All problems in North Dakota must have been solved because why else would the voters be asked to decide on the totally trivial issue of the name of a sports team?

Am I to gather that you would be against the conduct of a national referendum barring the practice of political correctness?

20 posted on 06/12/2012 9:14:37 AM PDT by okie01
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To: TYVets
Looks like the ND voters caved in to the bullying by the NCAA.

I just looked at the UND website for football and it doesn't mention the team's name. NDSU is the Bisons.

What name should they pick? Flickertails?

21 posted on 06/12/2012 9:49:41 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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