UND nickname fight not overGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - The fight for UND's nickname isn't over.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
The fight for UND's nickname isn't over. Members of the Spirit Lake Nation who support the Fighting Sioux nickname are trying to block the retirement of the name and logo. A Spirit Lake Committee has filed an injunction in tribal court seeking to stop the retirement, and force the transfer of the Fighting Sioux licensing and merchandising rights to the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe. The nickname is being retired because the NCAA considers it offensive.
Frank Blackcloud - Sprit Lake Tribe: “The question is, why didn't they ask us what we felt? We've asked them many times to allow us to give our point of view, and they've never once honored that request. They've openly denied the opportunity to speak to them.”
Blackcloud and other tribe members are in Bismarck today for the 15th annual United Tribes Tribal Leaders Summit. Blackcloud says he would like the NCAA to give Spirit Lake and other affected tribes a voice in the matter.