Thursday, October 1, 2009

Extension for Fighting Sioux

Today was supposed to be the day that the name disappeared, but here we are at a "misunderstanding." 

From the Associated Press:

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The state Board of Higher Education has extended the deadline to decide the fate of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

The board had set an Oct. 1 date to drop the name. Board members say there was a misunderstanding about the date of tribal elections on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and more time is needed to get the opinions of the new council.

The deadline is extended for at least 30 days and possibly as many as 60.

The NCAA considers the nickname "hostile and offensive" and says UND cannot host postseason events without approval from the state's two Sioux tribes. Supporters say the logo shows pride and tradition.

The board says it will drop the nickname unless the state's two namesake tribes sign 30-year agreements giving the school permission to keep the moniker.
Maybe they will keep putting off the decision until after hockey season.  With all the press coverage, how could there be a misunderstanding?  It should be hostile and offensive to have the board make this deadline finally, and then push it back.  And maybe push it back again and again....we'll have to see.

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