It appears the University of North Dakota will give up the fight over its mascot and name – the Fighting Sioux – according to the blog The Sin Bin quoting the AP.
This is in spite of the support of one of the Sioux tribes for UND’s use of the nickname:
The university won the endorsement of the Spirit Lake Sioux, which voted to support the nickname in a tribal referendum. The Standing Rock Sioux has never held a tribal vote, but its tribal council voted years ago to oppose the nickname and has not changed its stance.
The NCAA is not happy. They are threatening to take action to in effect kick UND out of the NCAA. This even has the support of the North Dakota legislature when it passed a law forcing the university to keep the nickname.
This is outrageous. The UND and the state ought to file suit. Exhibit A is the letter from the Spirit Lake Sioux, exhibit B is the fact that people of North Dakota said yes we want this nickname and finally exhibit C is the FSU Seminoles case, where the NCAA bullies backed down in the face of a lawsuit. I would think any school and state worthy of the name “Fighting Sioux” would in deed fight in the courts until they either win or lose. The NCAA is out of control; it needs immediate reform or abolition and replacement with an organization that will properly govern college sports without the fear of offending PC police.