Archie Fool Bear, a member of tribal government, was on the Scott Hennen show last week and shed some light on the situation that puts to rest the lie that the nickname and logo are “hostile and abusive” as well as the idea that the tribe is responsible for last week’s hasty decision:
In an article in the Star Tribune which no longer appears online, reporter Katherine Kersten pointed out that most of the people “offended” by the logo are not Native Americans. She also had a very telling quote by Mr. Fool Bear:
Members of the Standing Rock judicial committee visited UND early in 2006 to assess the situation for themselves. “We spoke to everyone, from students on the street to people at the gas station,” says Fool Bear. “Not one gave us any evidence of racism. We went to a hockey game, and they talked about the courage and integrity of the Sioux people. We looked at each other like, ‘Wow, we don’t even honor our Sioux warriors or veterans like this on the reservation.’ ”
White Mountain recalls the committee’s meeting with a UND group that opposes the name. “I asked them, ‘What tribe do you belong to?’ ” he says. “Not one was a Sioux Indian.”This group insisted that the name promotes racism on campus,” adds Fool Bear. “I told them, ‘Put any instances of abuse in writing.’ Today, I’m still waiting — I haven’t gotten one complaint.”
If anything is “hostile and abusive” at UND, it’s the way that some activists treat Indian students who take a different view.
“Our young people go there to get an education,” says Fool Bear. “When they arrive, they’re asked, ‘What do you think of the logo?’ If they have no problem with it, they are badgered and harassed for four years.”
I still maintain that this whole “hostile and abusive” nonsense is simply a pet project by a bunch of busybody liberals. The tribe plans to go ahead with its petitions to get a vote on support of the logo before November if possible. I hope we can still turn this around and save our University’s logo and nickname!
By the way, please take a few minutes to (politely) voice your opinions to the unelected members of the State Board of Higher Education for this ludicrous decision:
President Richie Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Jon Backes: email@example.com
Sue Andrews: firstname.lastname@example.org
Duaine Espegard: email@example.com
Rachelle Hadland: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Haugen: email@example.com
Grant Shaft: firstname.lastname@example.org
Claus Lembke: email@example.com
When you write to Claus Lembke you really should thank him for his motion to reconsider last week. He actually gets it, apparently. Sadly, none of these other folks would second his motion and it went nowhere. Instead they went ahead and chose to retire the logo against the will of the tribes. Oh, how I wish we could vote (most of) these people off the SBHE, but they’re all appointed!