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Published February 15, 2012, 06:25 PM

Spirit Lake Tribe speaks out on Sioux nickname stance

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) _ For the first time since the Sioux logo controversy erupted, we get a closer look into why the people of the Standing Rock Reservation are absent in the fight. Today, the Spirit Lake Tribe came to Fargo arguing to keep the Sioux Name and Logo.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

For the first time since the Sioux logo controversy erupted, we get a closer look into why the people of the Standing Rock Reservation are absent in the fight.

Today, the Spirit Lake Tribe came to Fargo arguing to keep the Sioux Name and Logo. As they argued against the NCAA, a member of Standing Rock walked in and alleged he and others are forced to remain silent.

His tribal name meant Spirit Play. Nineteen year-old Grant Davidson of Devils Lake was killed recently in a car accident. Today his grandparents used his story to argue in favor of keeping the Sioux name and logo.

David Davidson – Supports Sioux Logo: “His goal and dream was to play hockey for the Fighting Sioux. This is the dream of many Sioux students. They have an identity there.”

As the logos have changed and transitioned over the years, so have the arguments for and against them.

John Chaske – Spirit Lake Elder: “We’re n it for the long haul and we’re doing it on behalf of our people.”

Today Spirit Lake elders ripped the NCAA and those calling for an end to the name and logo.

John Chaske: “They have to acknowledge us. We’re a people; we’re a race. We belong to the state of North Dakota. We have history here.”

Jerry Vaulters, a full blooded Sioux from Standing Rock finally shed light on why his reservation will not come forward to support the Sioux logo and name, leaving Spirit Lake on its own.

Jerry Vaulters – Standing Rock Member: Tribal council down there won't let the people vote on this and that is what started everything.”

Indeed, Spirit Lake says it was decades ago that Standing Rock came to UND and gave its blessing to the logo and name.

Eunice Davidson – Spirit Lake Tribe: “So in all actuality when you look at the whole, overall thing, both tribes have given the OK. The NCAA refuses to look at that 1969 ceremony.”

So at the end of the day, a tribe pleading for the logo to live on, and some of the most powerful names in academia and sports hoping this all goes away - quickly.

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