NCAA to UND: Fighting Sioux jerseys will result in forfeits

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A referendum may decide the fate of UND's Fighting Sioux nickname this June, but the NCAA is already out of patience.
The NCAA is officially out of patience when it comes to the University of North Dakota's controversial Fighting Sioux nickname.

In a letter sent to the UND provost yesterday, Bernard W. Franklin, the NCAA's chief inclusion officer, wrote that UND "must forfeit competition" if it does not scrub the "hostile and abusive" Fighting Sioux name and Indian head logo from gear worn by athletes, school band members, cheerleaders, dancers, and mascots.

UND had been planning to use the name and logo until a possible June referendum that could result in the school dropping the Fighting Sioux for good, but it's possible that the NCAA's hard-line letter will prompt UND administrators to drop the nickname sooner.

Here, in full, is the NCAA's letter, which was sent to UND Provost Dr. Paul LeBel:
Dear De. LeBel:

President Robert Kelly recently informed me that the University of North Dakota was resuming its use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and imagery in connection with its athletics program. I noted in my discussion with you and Mr. Brain [sic] Faison that this action by the university means that your athletics programs are subject to the NCAA's policies concerning participation in NCAA championships. Please allow me to reiterate the limitations that are in effect immediately:

1. No University of North Dakota team may host an NCAA championship round. If a North Dakota team is selected as the lower-seeded team in a championship competition, North Dakota would be designated as the "home" team but would be assigned to play at the higher-seeded institution's venue.

2. If the university accepts an invitation to participate in any postseason competition, the NCAA policy requires that student-athletes, band, cheerleading, dance and mascot uniforms and paraphernalia not have hostile or abusive racial/ethnic/national original references during the NCAA championship competition.

3. If an invitation is accepted and the university must forfeit competition because it has not adhered to this requirement, the NCAA reserves its right to seek reimbursement for expenses incurred by the Association for travel, per diem or other expenses in connection with the championship.

It is the spirit of the NCAA's championship policy that the competing student-athletes not be distracted of disrupted during the championship by debates about when and where your institution's Native American imagery or nickname may be displayed or worn. Therefore, we ask that the university take measures to minimize or eliminate the presence of the imagery or nickname brought to an NCAA championship venue.

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Bernard W. Franklin

Executive Vice President of Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs/Chief Inclusion Officer
With postseason hockey right around the corner, UND has little time to act on the NCAA's demand. And if administrators don't act, the letter suggests that not only will the school forfeit games, but it'll also have to reimburse the NCAA for travel and per diem expenses usually covered by the association. Let me try and help you out, UND officials -- how about the University of North Dakota Oilers?

Previous coverage:
-- Colleges decline to compete against UND because of Fighting Sioux nickname
-- UMD hockey fans warned after "smallpox blankets" chant during Fighting Sioux series
-- Fate of UND's controversial Fighting Sioux nickname may be determined by referendum


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22 comments
Erwee
Erwee

Hey why dont they just call them the drunkin sioux?  A picture of a native american male in his 30s with no teeth and shitfaced.  Would that be offensive to anyone?  ABSOLUTELY!  But that is not what this is about.  If I were a Sioux Indian I would be honored and proud to call them my team.  I unfortunately have to cheer for central Mich. lol  I think the NCAA just needs a reality check and I agree with the guy who says sticks and stones....grow the hell up!!

Tad Katchow
Tad Katchow

THIS CONVERSATION IS STUPID AS FUCKKKKKK

Who gives a shit what a their school mascot is?  If it "Offends" you then that's your uptight ass' problem.  Everyone just lighten up and remember what you're arguing about.  

Hdbanger13
Hdbanger13

What a bunch of fucking pansies you are.. "sticks and stones...."  Grow up.

R. Vincent Moniz Jr.
R. Vincent Moniz Jr.

Sioux is not the name they call themselves, nor is it the name the Lakota, Nakota, or Dakota refer to themselves as a larger group. This is the names forced on them by the us gov't. My own tribe had something similar done. This is not their name and it never was, it is what they are called erroneously by the US Gov't. 

R. Vincent Moniz Jr.
R. Vincent Moniz Jr.

Won't talk to the trollers. but this "Third, the Chippewa band that didn't approve of the logo didn't have a popular vote, the tribal council took it upon themselves."D00d the Turtle Mtn peoples aren't Lakota, Dakota, or Nakota. They or the people of Ft. Berthold (another tribe of people in Nodak) didn't get a vote because they are NOT Lakota, Dakota, or Nakota and don't fall under the federally recognized, but not picked by them forced on them, name. This person is obviously a white person perpetrating. This sadly happens all the time,their called cyberindians, white people who pretend to be indians and then they just say the craziest stuff that aligns with non native ethnocentrism, that just makes this conversation just degrade itself. 

CAC
CAC

As a UND student and someone as Native American descent, I don't think this is right.  The Native American community that didn't like the logo weren't Sioux for one, they were Chippewa.  Secondly, the Sioux bands that they did ask not only approved, but support it.  The logo was drawn by a Sioux from North Dakota.  Third, the Chippewa band that didn't approve of the logo didn't have a popular vote, the tribal council took it upon themselves.  The rest of the band have tried to change that with little success.  I think NCAA is being too harsh about this.  I went to a high school with the mascot of Warrior and that was a matter of pride, as is Fighting Sioux.  It might be offensive (and I say might) if the mascot were maybe the Savages, but then hell, this is a sports team we're talking about.  It's all fun in games right.  NCAA and some Native Americans need to get over themselves.

R. Vincent Moniz Jr.
R. Vincent Moniz Jr.

They have not received approval for the use of the name, and the fighting irish have a leprechaun as the logo, last time i checked that was a mythical character. UND uses the decapitated head of Native American male and a name that the US uses to identify these people. They don't even call themselves that. Just a list of half truths here. The name invites harsh and more overt racism and it should be retired. What's the big deal, it's not like this is their first name to be retired.

Lardya3
Lardya3

So we can of course expect the same letter to go to the Alcorn State BRAVES, Central Michigan CHIPPEWAS, San Diego State AZTECS and the Utah Runnin' UTES??

thorntron3030
thorntron3030

Well I for one could find a reason to look at the Notre Dame name "Fighting Irish" as being "hostile and abusive" for it depicts negative imagery towards my Irish heritage.  But I don't find it "abusive or hostile."  Its all based on perceptions and I fully agree with BHO and thrashmaster.

gushopper
gushopper

BHO and thrashmaster - your simple-minded comments are a little off base.  I assume that the two of you are native Indians??  The NCAA came up with a GREAT idea, and that was to get the Indian community to approve and to say that the name was NOT hostile and abusive. They didn't agree.  Now, check into the history of the word "Sioux".... 

thrashmaster
thrashmaster

North Dakota should use its oil revenue to bankrupt the NCAA through litigation. The nickname is not hostile or abusive. The NCAA is simply doing the bidding of a very tiny number campus-based race radicals.

BHO
BHO

Hey Bernard, I'm distracted by the name "gophers" and "badgers" which are nice little animals, good for fur and eating. I'm also very against pollution so "oilers" is out. How about calling them "mohammed" - ops riots will break out in the middle east and i would need to say sorry. Maybe it is time to eliminate the NCAA and start over. BHO 

mnanimator
mnanimator

"UND uses the decapitated head of Native American male" is a great troll remark.

gushopper
gushopper

Sioux?  I think we're Dakota.  I'm still waiting for someone to tell me what "Sioux" means and it's origin.

Oscar
Oscar

"Decapitated head of a Native American male" Good lord, this comment is such a stretch its laughable. So is the Cleveleland Indians logo a decapitated male too?!

mnanimator
mnanimator

"UND uses the decapitated head of Native American male" OK, that's just plain silly. You're really reaching there."and a name that the US uses to identify these people. They don't even call themselves that." In that case, this makes them referring to a mythical character as well.

cg
cg

Hey dont forget the Florida State Seminoles!

MNBusiness
MNBusiness

No, because they have received approval to use the names... 

HotLunch
HotLunch

Those teams aren't competitive, hence little attention is given them. If the Sioux weren't any good, there would be no issue.

gushopper
gushopper

...and if all the Irish in the country rise up and put pressure on Notre Dame to change it because it's hostile and abusive, I bet it would get changed.  You start...  :-)

CAC
CAC

Sioux is that large tribe name.  Then it is split into three groups Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota.  

CAC
CAC

The not that sorry

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