North Dakota higher education board opposing Fighting Sioux bill

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North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has decided to oppose a bill that requires the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.
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can you believe that this is what the elected officials of Nodak are wasting time and resources on, a fricking name!!! there are for sure more pressing issues that could be dealt with, like maybe education...
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Maybe they should change the name of the state too. Isnt the word Dakota derogetory to Souix indians?
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As a North Dakotan, I'm proud of the house bill - it's about time we stop bending over for politically correct (and corrupt for that matter) organizations such as the NCAA. Next let's stop bending over for overreaching federal bureaucracy.
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"Board member Mike Haugen says if the bill is approved in the Legislature, it means lawmakers are ready to "throw a million bucks at a frivolous lawsuit."

I wouldn't call the issue 'frivolous'. I would call it taking a stand against unabated political correctness.
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dum dums wrote:
can you believe that this is what the elected officials of Nodak are wasting time and resources on, a fricking name!!! there are for sure more pressing issues that could be dealt with, like maybe education...
Have you been to NODAK? They should just combine it with SODAK and make it one state!
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BOHE has it right. if you are going to needle the NCAA, you need to rename the Siouxsies to the Seminoles. NCAA is all right with students stripping down, getting drunked up, painting up, and making whooping fools of themselves if they are doing it as "the Seminoles."
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tww wrote:
Maybe they should change the name of the state too. Isnt the word Dakota derogetory to Souix indians?
actually, "Sioux" is chippewa for "snake" and it's not a positive thing. "Dakotah" (or Dacotah) is the preferred name for the tribes in North Dakota by those tribes.
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Flynn Fan wrote:
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Have you been to NODAK? They should just combine it with SODAK and make it one state!
by geography and natural features, which determines the kind of farming and quite a bit of the attitudes and politics of those farmers, it should be East and West Dakota. but you know those Easterners, they have all the answers....
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This Inmature Bu!!$H!T Has Been Going ON for Over 25 Years Now ! Who Gives A Damn, The Indians, College, Students & Residents All approved it time & Time Again. Why Do WE Pay All These Morons to keep pushing for lost causes ??????????
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tww wrote:
Maybe they should change the name of the state too. Isnt the word Dakota derogetory to Souix indians?
name the team, "fighting German Catholics" I will dress up as a catholic priest and go to the game to dance and scream all in the name of honoring the catholic priest, who can complain? its all in fun and honoring the german catholic priest.
fighting german catholics

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principle wrote:
As a North Dakotan, I'm proud of the house bill - it's about time we stop bending over for politically correct (and corrupt for that matter) organizations such as the NCAA. Next let's stop bending over for overreaching federal bureaucracy.
name the team the "fighting german catholics", everybody can dress up as a catholic priest and scream and holler at the game, its all for fun and honoring the german catholic priest, I`m sure nobody will complain.
fighting german catholic

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the "fighting german catholic priests" yeah I like that name.
fighting german catholic

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don`t you german white people in the dakotas have any worthy people you can honor in your own race? how about the "german catholic priests", I`d love to dress up as a catholic priest and go to the game and act stupid all for fun and honoring the german catholic priests.
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Of coarse educational elitists would oppose this bill. Why we all know that none of us are more intelligent than the North Dakota higher education board. The pathetic little political correctness crowd "whines" the loudest and will probably get their way. Keep the proud UND "Fighting Sioux" name!
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fighting german catholic wrote:
don`t you german white people in the dakotas have any worthy people you can honor in your own race? how about the "german catholic priests", I`d love to dress up as a catholic priest and go to the game and act stupid all for fun and honoring the german catholic priests.
Ok, we get it. Now take your Ritalin.
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What is wrong with letting the University decide what nickname it wants? This bill does not give them the option of choosing what they want their team to be called, they are ordered by the Legislature. You can argue the point all you want, but I thought the important thing was that a school should decide its name for itself. This is its own type of political correctness and it's as stupid as anything a lefty could dream up.

Oh, and don't forget the money that will be spent on a losing lawsuit against the NCAA. Is the name really that important that you want to go down in a pointless crash like that?
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fighting german catholic wrote:
don`t you german white people in the dakotas have any worthy people you can honor in your own race? how about the "german catholic priests", I`d love to dress up as a catholic priest and go to the game and act stupid all for fun and honoring the german catholic priests.
How about the "Fighting Engelstads"? They could honor a huge supporter of the team. During the games, cheerleaders could collect Nazi memorabilia and throw a birthday party for Hitler.
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dum dums wrote:
can you believe that this is what the elected officials of Nodak are wasting time and resources on, a fricking name!!! there are for sure more pressing issues that could be dealt with, like maybe education...
The "indian" tribe that started this whole mess is from Florida! What right do they have telling the Sioux of North Dakota how to live or how their name can be used. It was done to HONOR the tribe. Just look at the symbol, that's pretty awesome.
As a person of Irish heritage, I'm more offended by the fighting Irish of Notre Dame and I certainly haven't heard any comments about that!
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I call on all fighting sioux to get up stand up for your rights!! Nobody has the right to make us change our name. Let's Roll!!
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Civitas wrote:
What is wrong with letting the University decide what nickname it wants? This bill does not give them the option of choosing what they want their team to be called, they are ordered by the Legislature. You can argue the point all you want, but I thought the important thing was that a school should decide its name for itself. This is its own type of political correctness and it's as stupid as anything a lefty could dream up.
Oh, and don't forget the money that will be spent on a losing lawsuit against the NCAA. Is the name really that important that you want to go down in a pointless crash like that?
You forgot to mention that 98% of UND Alumni polled want the name "Fighting Sioux" to remain. One of the two Sioux tribes has approved of keeping the name "Fighting Sioux", the other Sioux tribe just has not voted yes or no regarding this issue. Only the P.C. Crowd at the UND are still pushing the name change. "F" the NCAA, they don't dis-approve of other colleges with native american mascots! And last but not least you are "ass"uming UND/State will lose the lawsuit. "F" Political Correctness!!!!

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