United Tribes NewsUTTC President speaks about tribal council vote on UND nickname
15 November 2007
Statement of David M. Gipp, President, United Tribes Technical College, regarding a vote by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council affirming its opposition to the University of North Dakota nickname and logo:
"As an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and alumnus of the University of North Dakota, I commend the Standing Rock Tribal Council for its action November 9 reaffirming the tribe's long standing opposition to the use of the 'Fighting Sioux' nickname and logo by UND.
This 'definitive' statement from the tribe is a clear signal to the NCAA and the North Dakota Attorney General that these outmoded symbols should be put to rest. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education should act without delay to retire the nickname and logo. Allowing UND more time to pressure tribal members to change their minds would again demonstrate disrespect for tribal people and the institutions and actions of sovereign tribal governments.
If state officials truly seek dialogue and interaction with tribes and tribal leaders, there are plenty of other topics and issues on which to base productive relationships that would benefit all North Dakota citizens."
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