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Chippewa tribe oppose North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribal Council has adopted a resolution opposing the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian head logo.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the recent vote was 5-0, with two council members abstaining. The resolution says UND should retire the nickname and logo immediately. Tribal members say the imagery subjects all Indians to racism, not just Sioux Indians.

Frank Black Cloud, a Spirit Lake Sioux member and nickname supporter, says the Chippewa tribe should stay out of the dispute. He says the UND nickname issue is “none of their business.”

UND had planned to retire the nickname but a new state law orders the school to keep it. The NCAA considers the nickname offensive and says there will be sanctions.



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