Will Sioux Sue North Dakota?

I saw this story somewhere and wanted to visit it for a moment. The University of North Dakota — with which you’re already well acquainted because of their powerhouse college football program — has settled a suit with the NCAA. The suit will give them three years to get approval from the Sioux tribes to use the nickname, “Fighting Sioux,” which has been the school’s mascot of choice for the past I dunno, 124 years.

Much like the Seminole tribe in Florida, I would only think that having such a nickname is nothing but good publicity. Then again, until Brown University changes to the “Fighting Yids,” I really can’t put myself in their shoes to make the decision. In the position to make the decision however, are Myra Pearson, chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux, and the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Ron His Horse Is Thunder.

Now things might get a little sticky when it comes time for the two sides to meet. I mean seriously, what do you do? Hello, I’m Larry from the University of North Dakota. How do you do, Mr. Thunder? Or is it Horse? On second thought, should I call you Mr. His Horse Is Thunder? I’m just wondering why the Sioux get tight ass last names like that. Screw it, from now on, I will be Larry His Thunder Stick Is Mighty. Any references to the last name Brown will be heretofor expunged.

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  • Dick Miller

    Yo: The story on the Fighting Sioux reminded me of the Indian custom of naming their children after the fist thing they see after the birth.

    So, somewhere in the Dakotas there is a young lady named “Two Dogs Fucking.”


  • http://completesports.blogspot.com twins15

    I actually go to the University of North Dakota, so obviously this is an issue I’m familiar with (well, not the way they address each other, but the nickname debate and suit)… what I don’t understand is how Fighting Sioux is “hostile and abusive” according to the NCAA, but the Seminoles (with the guy riding on horseback in full Native gear) is not.

    As a sidenote, I really don’t like the NCAA.

  • http://svpstyle.com ScottVanPeltStyle.com

    While I grant that it’s not as offensive as the Washington Redskins, what other nationality (aside from the Fighting Irish) has to contend with kind of exploitation?

    I think it should be banned, because if teams began using Jewish or African-American terms for mascots, we wouldn’t want them objectified in such a way.

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  • http://www.thebrianspeer.com Brian Speer

    I am so over all this Politically Correct business. When did #1 our freedom of speech go, and #2 are we really trying to tech our children to be so thin skinned so every time someone calls them a name they take them to court.