The University of North Dakota and the citizens of the Great Plains state are resuming their fight to retain the Fighting Sioux nickname for the university’s athletic teams. Defying the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) which had threatened the university with sanctions unless it discarded the Fighting Sioux name, logo, and mascot, the college and its supporters, which includes the Spirit Lake Sioux Indian tribe, are attempting to win the day through a state-wide referendum.
And adding an interesting twist to this politically correct soap opera….the Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux have filed suit in federal court against the NCAA over their policy on the use of Native American names and imagery for collegiate sports teams.
Today, the Spirit Lake Tribe of Indians, by and through its Committee of Understanding and Respect, and Archie Fool Bear, individually, and as Representative of more than 1004 Petitioners of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA) in direct response to their attempt to take away and prevent the North Dakota Sioux Indians from giving their name forever to the University of North Dakota.
In 2009 the Spirit Lake tribe voted overwhelmingly to allow the University of North Dakota to continue using the name “Fighting Sioux.” In 1969, in a sacred & religious spiritual ceremony, the tribal leaders of the Standing Rock tribe granted perpetual use of the name “Fighting Sioux” to the University of North Dakota.
However, the NCAA has unilaterally decided that the name “Fighting Sioux” is derogatory to the very people who feel honored by the name – the North Dakota Sioux tribes.
These actions are a violation of the religious and first amendment rights of the Dakota Sioux tribes, and show the NCAA believes it knows the interests of the North Dakota Sioux community better than Sioux people themselves. Devils Lake Journal
And that is the nub of the dilemma: the NCAA does indeed believe it knows what’s best for the Dakota Sioux. White liberals looking out for the interests of poor child-like People of Color. If you want to know why the Left continues to act as if it’s 1950 when it comes to the saga of racism in America, just ask yourself what they get out of it. Today, the most insidious form of bigotry is of the lofty liberal variety and that ilk thrives on smug racial condescension.