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From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon10/26/07 11:44 AM 
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Settlement proposed in 'Fighting Sioux' case
Friday, October 26, 2007
Filed Under: Education

A settlement could lead to the end of the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo, The Grand Forks Herald reports.
UND is proposing to eliminate "Sioux" within three years unless it can get approval from Sioux tribes. Ron His Horse is Thunder, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said that probably won't happen.

"I told him I didn't want the tribes to have to agree to the cooling-off period," His Horse is Thunder told the Herald, referring to a briefing given to him by state attorney general Wayne Stenehjem. . "I told him we're not going to change our position or withdraw our resolution saying we oppose the use of the nickname. . . . His hope is during the next three years we'll reconsider."
The settlement would end UND's case against the NCAA's Indian mascot policy. The school can't host post-season games or display Indian imagery during playoffs under the policy.

 
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From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon10/26/07 11:49 AM 
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Judge hearing 'Sioux' case was part of mascot group
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Filed Under: Education

The judge hearing the case over the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo was part of a student group that promoted Indian caricatures, The Fargo Forum reports.
As a student at UND in the 1960s, Judge Lawrence Jahnke belonged to the all-male Golden Feather pep club. The group created the controversial “Sammy the Sioux" mascot that depicted an Indian in a cartoonish fashion. The group also chose the "Indian maiden" outfits worn by UND cheerleaders.
"Sammy" was eliminated in the 1970s and the pep group eventually disbanded. The school, however, kept its "Sioux" association and came up with an Indian head logo that is the subject of litigation against the NCAA, which opposes the use of Indian mascots and imagery.
The Fargo Forum broke the news on the judge's involvement on Wednesday and said he would not comment for the story. Jahnke, however, spoke to the Grand Forks Herald later in the day and said his involvement in the group wouldn't affect his handling of the case.
In an editorial on Wednesday, the Forum criticized Jahnke for keeping records sealed in the case. In his ruling on the issue, Jahnke accused the media of fostering divisiveness over the logo and urged the media to focus on UND's programs that help Indian students.
'With all respect, his honor is talking oranges and apples," the paper said.

 

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