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As a mascot, both at the high school and college level, this is the wrong thing to do. Changing the mascot will result in a lower morale for the school. (Even if they just like watching the mascot get beat up.) I understand the position of the PC world, but I don't see the problem with it all. They could just change their names to the "Fightin' Whities" like we had here at my school a few years back. My Mom is an alum of UND, and she never said anyone had a problem with it. I know as a Mascot, I don't. (Then again, I was a Cougar and a Bear.) -Dane
As the letter points out nobody at UND is running around dressed like a Sioux Indian (except perhaps the Sioux Indians), so no worries there. This is supposed to be solely a logo issue, which, by the way, has been altered at least twice in the past to make it more "respectful" of the Sioux.
I don't see the tribes up in arms over this. In fact, most of them give the school their approval on a regular basis. Go Seminoles!
Reminds me of when the Miami indian tribe was more than happy to be associated with the Miami University Redskins, but the NCAA decided that out of town West Coast "indian" (most of whom had never even seen a sunset on a Rez)knew better than the freaking tribe did...hello Redhawks....Seriously, this might be the best written letter/argument I have read in a long time...
It still amazes me that people think elite committees that consider themselves above reproach should run the government....Is Brand a socialist?
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