The Fighting Sioux, the mascot of University of North Dakota, was going to be dropped as to be more considerate of Native Americans. Yet, in a shocking twist of events, The New York Times reports:
Some members of the Spirit Lake Tribe, one of two groups of Sioux in the state, say they consider the nickname an honor and worry that abandoning it would send them one step closer to obscurity.
“When you hear them announce the name at the start of a hockey game, it gives you goose bumps,” said Frank Black Cloud, a tribal member. “They are putting us up on a pinnacle.”
And so, in a legal standoff that has turned some preconceptions upside down, North Dakota’s top state lawyers will be in court on Wednesday to oppose members of the Spirit Lake Tribe who have sued to preserve the Fighting Sioux name and logo, an image of an Indian in profile, feathers draping down.
The members from Spirit Lake, the tribe behind the lawsuit, assert that most American Indians against the Fighting Sioux nickname are simply from tribes and thus jealous of all the Sioux recognition. The stadium, Ralph Engelstad Arena, cost more than $100 million to build and contains 2,400 images of the logo. Those who wish to abandon the nickname claim that the owners of the stadium are secretly behind the lawsuit, just so they don’t have to have to redo the place with a new logo.