Some interesting developments out of Grand Forks. It's a bit confusing, but it looks like a petition drive has been successful in restoring North Dakota's Fighting Sioux name. Things are about to get real interesting between the University and the NCAA.
OT: NoDak Going Back to Fighting Sioux
Does that mean Illinois can bring back the Chief? He was the only interesting thing about going to a game in Champaign-Urbana.
I thought they were going to change it to Fighting Sue (Susan B. Anthony):
Based on the NCAA's history as a flexible organization, this will totally end well for NoDak.
you mean flexible, as in grabbing the ankles and letting OSU have its way with them?
I'm Chippewa, and seeing caricatures of your people pretending to be "Indian" pretty much sucks. Unless the university has close ties to that particular community or contributes to it, then they should not be using them as a mascot.
Soo Band. I don't understand how America still puts up with the Redskins, Braves, and Indians. That said, I'm cool with the CMU using the Chippewa as a mascot. Go figure.
As you both no doubt understand, there are different ways of doing it. I believe that Florida State, for example, got permission from the Seminole Tribe to use the name. FSU's use of the name and imagery is also respectful and, well, pretty cool.
I live in D.C. now, and the proliferation of Redskins stuff is surreal. This is a town in which you could make people (of all political stripes) have heart attacks if you use a racial slur - except "Redskins," which is printed on jackets and hats and posters all over town. It's bizarre.
FSU researches the Seminole traditions really well. They also offer a special scholarship for FSU-bound Seminole kids. So yeah, FSU does a heck of a job making sure they represent the Seminole tribe well.
Agreed. I grew up in Florida and FSU always had a respectful relationship with the Seminole Tribe. But more than just respect, FSU actually gives monetary support to the Tribe. Furthermore, the Tribe helped design FSU's mascot's outfit. So the "Seminoles" nickname is acceptable because it is used with the blessing of, you know, actual Seminoles.
I've never heard one compelling argument as to why "Redskins" is acceptable in any way.
how did CMU get to keep the Chippewas nickname? Did they work out some sort of agreement or did the NCAA just not care?
To add onto this: even if the tribe officially maintains a good relationship with the university and gives them "permission" to continue using the name and mascot, couldn't there still be a cause of action for an individual of Chippewa descent (or individuals working together to bring a class action suit) who feel personally wronged by the depiction? I've always wondered how universities deal with things like this when all members of that group aren't of a single mind about the depiction.
CMU has an agreement with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, which is the tribal government for three Chippewa bands.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Central Michigan University have a strong historic and cooperative relationship that complements each entity's goals and encourages collaborative efforts to improve and enhance the quality of life of citizens of the region.
This has fostered educational initiatives, cultural events and speakers, and extensive Native American educational resources for the campus and tribal communities.
For example, leaders from CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College signed an articulation agreement that provides easy transfer for tribal college students who wish to complete their studies toward a baccalaureate degree at CMU.
In April 2002, leaders from CMU and the Tribal Council signed a proclamation pledging their support for joint educational efforts and advancing an appreciation of global indigenous peoples. This led to CMU and the tribe jointly hosting a United Nations-funded international conference on indigenous issues in higher education in fall 2003.
This mutual relationship also is evident in the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council's continued support of Central Michigan University's "Chippewas" nickname, which the university uses as a sign of pride, honor and respect for the tribe's rich heritage.
So the common thread in the sanctioned Native American nicknames is a harmonious relationship with the represented tribe. That doesn't seem that hard to understand.
Anyone from NoDak to give a local perspective?
I'm not local. Just to do outreach to Pine Ridge Reservation, but that is it. As far as I understand it, the university did get rights to use the name. The deal is that unlike FSU or CMU, the NCAA didn't feel they'd gotten the rights from enough tribal groups or somethng. The NCAA was never real clear on why they rejected it. A bunch of news articles though implied that North Dakota just bought the support of one tribe or something.
For example I have a friend who is a Chippewa and his tribe is against CMU using the name, but CMU has enough support nothing comes of their protests.
From what I remember, the school needed to get permission from two separate tribal groups. One agreed and one basically said "We don't vote on that sort of thing" and so by NCAA logic one "yes" vote and one abstaining party amounted to a "no".
I lived in ND for 3 years and this is correct but there was a lot of bad blood between UND and the larger of the two Sioux groups. This mostly stemmed from the booster who funded UND's hockey arena insisting on plastering the Sioux name and logo all over the arena. The Sioux group who had not agreed to the use of the name took this as a big middle finger.
I am Lakota. The worst part about the 'Fighting Sioux' is that, for the Lakota, it is the equivalent of the 'Fighting Ni**ers.' It's extremely racist.
My wife and I currently live on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota people and tradition are amazing. We have loved the past 2 years and consider ourselves extremely lucky to have had this chance.
I have a connection to Pine Ridge that...I probably shouldn't explain to strangers on the internet. But anyway, Pine Ridge!
I was not aware that "Sioux" was a racist term--I thought it was the name of the entire ethnic group.
Would you mind explaining a little bit to we who are unaware so that we can do what we can to defuse this? Is it because the name did not come from themselves but the French?
If you don't feel like explaining, that's cool too. Just really curious because I thought I understood this issue better than I do. Thanks.
Sioux is a Chippewa word that means enemy. What is usually called "Sioux people" are actually the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota peoples.
On a side note: Ever notice that they never called us what we call ourselves??? Chippewa was an Iroquois word. We (Chippewa or Ojibwe) called ourselves Anishnaabe... Oh well.
In fairness, it's not uncommon for ethnic groups to be called entirely different names by outsiders. Consider, for instance, the names German, Allemand, etc., for people who call themselves Deutsch.
This is similar to Navajo, as well, which was a pueblo term picked up by the Spanish. Navajos refer to themselves as Dineh (best translation "the people.")
was intended to be respectful. I get it that some find the use of their tribes name and dress offensive. But I honestly don't believe it to be meant as an insult.
I think it should be up to the tribe to determine whether a name should be kept or abandoned. Eastern threw out the Huron moniker without so much as talking to the Huron tribe.
The Huron name is complicated as well though. It is my understanding that two of the three remaining Wyandotte (that is the proper name for Huron) had no problem with the use of the Huron name and the third really didn't care. That being said, Eastern decided to not only dump the Huron name but decided to go with probably one of the most unoriginal mascot names to replace it. After 20 years, I'm finally coming to grips with the Eagles but it's still tough since in my books Eagles ranks up with Wildcats as one of those names that get used in a movie to name the team.
Eastern's refusal to accept the Emu as its rightful mascot is just unacceptable. Well actually a lot about Eastern is unacceptable.
At least Emu would be unique.
I think this is an important point. "Redskins" is offensive. The Cleveland Indian logo makes me cringe every time. But not all usage is meant to be disrespectful. Granted, good intentions sometimes fail and fail miserably, and fans can certainly take a respectful effort and turn it into 100% asshole central. It's not my place to tell natives people whether they should be offended or not, of course. Ultimately we should defer to their wishes.
But there is this: sports team monikers sometimes feel to me like they are the last vestiges of any recognition that there were native people here before we moved in and pushed them out and then drove them (and their culture) to the brink of extinction. The average American probably can't name many of the nations of native americans--but I'll bet the ones they do know come largely from the sports page. It's something.
I for one am impressed we have so many MGoPeople with native american heritage (or other connections). I can't claim the same but grew up on the Great Plains and was taught to respect that aspect of our history.
I'm just glad that the people of N.D. get to keep the Fighting Sioux nickname given that they clearly became quite attached to it not long after believing that the fighting Sioux were sub-humans who deserved to be largley driven from their land. I simply can't resist the irony of it.
I didn't know we were ascribing the beliefs of those who lived in the past to those who live in the present.
I don't think the irony of the situation is diminished too much by the passage of time to find the situation...ironic.
It's also easy to say that the past is water under the bridge when you're the winner.
What good is it to be bitter about what happened a century ago? It is not going to change what happened. (I don't mean to insinuate that they should forget.)
The way I see it Natives have a chance to use these nicknames as a way of telling their own story, to put what happened in their words to current and future generations of Americans. They can in some small way achieve a measure of revenge by keeping alive the memory and traditions of their ancestors, thus preventing the complete annihiliation of their culture.
Anyways, that is one white man's opinion. As someone who has read quite a bit about genocide I find that besides the act itself, the worse thing we can do is to forget what happened. I think the Natives have an opportunity to keep themselves in the public eye by the use of their tribes name on something with a significant profile like an athletic team.
That looks good on paper, but I have learned more in this thread about several of the Tribes than I ever did following these teams mentioned above. What do you really learn about the Lakota by watching the North Dakota hockey team? What do you learn about the Chippewas by watching a CMU game? Hell I went to games up there for 4 straight years while a family member played there and I never knew that Chippewa wasn't even a name they gave themselves.
Could the NCAA require a certain amount of public service type commercials during the game that feature history lessons about the tribes? At least one pregame feature about some aspect of Native American history?
If its fine with the Tribes, its fine with me, but it is a little disingenuous to say that we, in some way, "know" more about these people because their likeness is on a Hockey sweater or a football helmet. JMO of course.
You're absolutely right about that. So it's a thin straw to grasp, but I like the that people actually are reminded that yes, there were once Chippewas who lived here. Of course there are still a million miles to go on knowing anything more about a people's history & culture.
First, American Indians do not have any control at all with the way the "Redskin" image is used. There are counterexamples, of course, like Florida State, but I don't hear anyone saying that FSU should changed its mascot.
Second, the idea that a sports team is a good way to make sure that we don't foget a genocide is, while well-meaning (I assume), bizarre. Should Germany have a soccer team called the "Fighting Jews"? People would obviously be horrified by that - and rightly so.
Three, it's easy to say that people shouldn't be bitter when you're not still suffering as a very direct result of the past. Many of the people whom we call the "Sioux" still are.
As far as un-PC mascots go, the Sioux logo isn't too bad although I can understand why people don't like it. The ones that totally boggle my mind are the Washington Redskins. (Repeat: Red. Skins.) and the Cleveland Indians logo. How have we not banished those?
Seriously. How is this still allowed?
That logo is the reason my kids wear the Indians Block C baseball caps. I refuse to buy any item with Chief Wahoo on it.
Just another sign of progress in Northeast Ohio. The logo has all the momentum in the world behind it and no one outside of Cleveland can be bothered to protest it too much.
I'm Irish, can I lodge a complaint against Notre Dame?
The history of the Irish in the U.S. is much rosier than is the history of American Indians post-Columbus. The Irish are much better integrated (seems laughable to even write it) into American society, for example.
But for a good century or so the Irish were, to put it mildly, not very well respected.
No 19th Century Politics, but most people draw a distinction between "some employment discrimination" and "wholesale slaughter and forced relocation"
I guess I won't tell you what I think of the Greenback movement...
I Know Nothing.
for centuries. You ought to pick up a history book sometime.
"I thought this was America!?!?"
That's actually a good comparison, though. If they changed Manchester United to The Manchester Fighting Irish, THAT would be offensive.
of the Indians. What happened "over there" does have some impact here as it is part of the cultural memory of the Irish. Oh and the Irish suffered far more than just "employment discrimination". To treat it so casually is flat out insulting.
is that it happened OVER THERE. Most people would agree that having your (former?) oppressors appropriate your name, symbols, and culture for its own purposes is way worse than having someone else refer to your group. The Vandals took a bunch of shit from the Romans, but you don't see people complaining about that name, because we aren't the Romans.
Besides, you'd be hard-pressed to say that what the Irish experienced in America was ANYTHING like what the Native Americans experienced, and there is no notable disadvantage to being Irish-American in America. Even after 400 years of taking shit, Native Americans STILL face huge challenges in this country. Being of Irish decent in this country stopped being a challenge a long time ago.
I struggle to understand what difference that makes. You could substitute "Hispanic" for "Irish" in the sentence about "what the Irish experienced in America" and it would be perfectly true, and yet Speedy Gonzalez is a verboten character anymore.
Do you really think that Latinos and Irish Americans are on the same footing in the U.S.?
I don't mean to be glib by putting it that way.
So racism is ok as long as that race doesn't have a long history of being treated badly?
The difference between Fighting Irish and Fighting Sioux is that Irish Americans (of whom I am one) are doing just fine - or at least not suffering in any way directly related to their Irishness. I can look at the ND mascot and think it's stupid, but there is no deep-cutting wound there, b/c, hey, the Irish damn near took this country over! In other words, the ND mascot may be "objectively" racist, but who cares? You don't mind a caricature of yourself when you're the king. Things are much different, though, when you've had most of your land taken, been treated like animals, and still live in disproportionate poverty as aliens in your own country.
it's in poor taste to individualize stereotypes usually, but racism (per the definition I'm using for it at least) occurs so frequently that your question to me is incredibly ignorant. Is it racist that most of my friends are white? Absolutely, but I don't think it's wrong for me to have mostly white friends....
What are you trying to say in those last two sentences? I don't follow.
My McGeoghegen blood and my Cherokee great-grandmother see a wee bit of difference in the two trails.
I suspect you could file an action feeling you have been wronged. you would find yourself in danger - from Irishmen.
Fág a' Bealach
anti-Catholic America in the 1850-1900 was a very "No Irish Need Apply" society
as for 20th century America and beyond... it was only after years of assimilation with an influx of Irish infultrating government jobs with organized voting blocks and formations of the first highly organized urban police and fire departments... they made things change. Some of our grandparents' amazement and glee with the election of President Kennedy (some moreso because he was Catholic than because he was Irish) is an example of how far the Irish came in 100 years.
Obviously, the Native Americans never had the large numbers in one populized region to protect and defend themselves, and then create such change.
But to address the main point.... Notre Dame is a Catholic University that carefully chose its name to attract Irish-Catholics to its school. I doubt the Redskins, Indians, or even Chiefs picked the name so the local native-Americans would eagarly buy tickets and feel welcomed
I just wish they chose Fighting Catholics as a nickname and left my Irish out of it. It's a bit embarrassing for my people to be mentioned in the same sentence with such a school.
I agree with just about everything you said. I also like to point out when the "what about ND?" argument gets made during discussions of Native mascots (which I find mind-bogglingly ignorant/dumb), that if a university in England opened many years ago (or just about any other time) and called themselves the Fighting Irish and had a crazed drunken leprechan mascot, the Irish (as in people from Ireland) would be *pisssed*. The difference between ND and North Dakota/Illinois is profound and significant. Apples to Oranges, my Maize and Blue friends.
And in fairness, we ARE a hard-drinking red-haired fighting peoples. So... yeah.
True... and with a penchant for the 1880's bare-knuckle style of fist-a-cuffs so utilized by the Fighting Irish mascot
I'm 75% Irish have neither red hair or a desire to fight. That would be the same as noting that the Sioux were a notoriously aggressive tribe and therefore there is nothing wrong with ND using it.
I think people don't like having their image used without their consent, especially when the users of the image have a history with said people that isn't so nice.
It's sort of like this: If I beat the hell out of my neighbor, Bob, and then make a bunch of tee shirts with a cartoon Bob on them and call my softball team the Bobs, all without Bob's permission, Bob is probably going to not like it.
Which goes back to the original point that I don't recall giving my consent to Notre Dame to use my Irish image...
ND also didn't beat you up...This country celebrates St. Patrick's Day. The Irish won! Rejoice, my Celtic brother! Things are going well.
And Purdue didn't ask every engineer for their permission to call their team the Boilermakers. But America doesn't have a shameful history of Anti-Engineerism, so we let it slide.
You been to Rick's on a Friday night?
You may not have, but the Irish Catholic preists who run the joint and the irish catholic students that go there are all fine with it. Now, all you have to do is find a bunch of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota administrators and Students at North Dakota that feel the same way and your argument is solid. Good luck to you sir.
*breaks bottle over BiSB's head*
I always loved my grandmother screaming "F the Irish" in her Irish accent (she was from Ireland) at our tailgates. The look of confusion on the Domers faces was something to behold.
Good for them. It's a ridiculous NCAA requirement, especially when they have been giving the Sioux tribe's blessing.
Partially true. There are two Sioux tribes who were required to give permission. One did. The other didn't. That's the issue.
Spirit Lake Tribe has approved, but the Standing Rock Tribe opposes.
I would lke to file a grievance against Notre Dame, for making the Irish look like men with short tempers who when they scream their face gets bright red, who drink a lot, and constantly let their kids down.
Are you suggesting Kelly model for a new logo? I think some posters with Photoshop skills could image how that would look...
Wouldn't work. Coach Kelly turns more purple than red. Maybe he'll end up coaching for the Minnesota Vikings.
The NCAA's requirements for keeping the name were simple and unwavering: get the endorsement of the two dominant local Souix tribes. The had three years, got it from one, didn't from the other.
If they want to keep the name they need to work with the remaining tribe, not rattle political sabres.
What does the Great Sioux Nation (the real one, not some made-up name for the fanbase) have to say about this? With FSU, the Seminole tribe reportedly gave their official blessing and sanctioning of having their name used, and even saw it as a point of pride.
So, if the Lakota poster sees this as racist, my question would be, "do your tribe elders see it as racist?" The next quesiton would be, "How do the Dakota tribes feel?"
The bottom line is that this should be decided by Native Americans as opposed to being decided by Caucasians. After all, it is their heritage that is being used as a mascot.
The term "Sioux" itself is racist since it doesn't refer to an actual people. It was a slang term used by my tribe (Chippewa) when describing the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people. The term basically means enemy.
Would Lakotas as a nickname be OK, if done like FSU / Seminoles?
Still that can miss the point. I was researching the Redskins' name, and why they haven't changed it and came across this on wiki:
Notwithstanding the protests of activists, a 2002 poll commissioned by Sports Illustrated found that 75% of those Native Americans surveyed had no objection to the Redskins name. The results of the poll have been criticized by Native American activists due to Sports Illustrated's refusal to provide polling information (i.e. how participants were recruited and contacted, if they were concentrated in one region, if one ethnic group is over represented and the exact wording and order of questions). But in 2004, a poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania essentially confirmed the prior poll's findings, concluding that 91% of the American Indians surveyed in the 48 states on the mainland USA found the name acceptable and setting out in detail the exact wording of the questions
So, to me the question is: how many have to be offended before it should really be an issue? One? More than 50%? Personally, I think many mascots could be viewed as negative representatives of some group, and in response too many people are too sensitive. As I'm sure many know, the Cleveland Indians are one of the only teams named specifically to honor an Indian from the outset. While the chief may be over the top (read insensitive) I wish someone would think well enough of me to name a sports team in my honor, even if it is in character form. But what do I know; I'm just a dumb WASP, and maybe don't have enough empathy.
It's a shortcut to talk about what any given tribe or group thinks, because it's really unlikely that the whole tribe/group agrees. IMO, you can't measure it just by a vote. That assumes that all offensiveness is equal. It seems with Redskins that you a large majority who don't care but some who care quite a bit. The fact that a decent amount of people find the name very disrespectful means something to me, but your question raises the interesting follow-up question of just how many people would have to see things that way for me (or anyone else) to care...I think part of my sympathy for people who don't like Redskins is that it makes sense to me why they don't like Redskins. In contrast, I can't imagine seeing things the same way if some said they were offended by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That would seem absurd.
I'm glad you picked up on my main question. I wasn't sure i rasied it well enough.
In reply to your question and example I'll offer this:
What if instead of Buccaneers we substituted West Virginia's mascot. I have family heritage out of WV and can tell you they don't all wear coon skin caps and overalls. Why do you sympathizes with those who don't like the Redskin name? Is it because of history, political correctness or actual empathy? Any of those reason might be valid, but why the difference?
Note: I don't disagree with you at all, but I know why I think that way. I was wondering if others felt the same.
First, the bad (to say the least) treatment of American Indians in U.S. history causes me to sympathize with people who don't like "Redskins." I realize that life hasn't been - and isn't - alwasy easy in WV, but it's not smallpox blanket bad, if you will.
The second is that I've known a decent amount of American Indians, specifically Lakota from the Pine Ridge reservation, and they were vehement about not liking things like "Redskins." Having known them probably makes me sympathize more than anything.
There is a BIG difference bwetween "Seminole", which honors a tribe with their agreement, and "Redskin" which is a dishonorable racist term that smears an entire race.
I live in the DC area. It is a very politically correct area that can get on your nerves. 99% of the time the political correctness is really just to further the personal gains of an individual or small group, hiding behind the misery of others to do it. I have little patience for political correctness.
But man, I gotta draw the line at Redskins. There is nothing redeeming about it at all.
The fact that it's the mascot of a team in D.C., of all places, really is strange.
Back in a less enlightened time, when I was unaware of the existence of an "emgoblog", I had to make do with one "gregg easterbrook" for erudite football conversation.
(i know, i know, it was a dark time. but lo, the darkness is ended.)
anyway, I always thought the best thing he ever came up with was to start referring to that football team as "The Potomac River Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons".
(yeah, there wasn't much competition, it's true.)
This is really complicated, for two main reasons that have to do with the different groups that count as "Sioux" for the purposes of the NCAA.
To understand how complicated this is, you have to know that "Sioux" is an Anglo-Ojibway-European amalgamation of three different linguistic groups of Indian people who lived west of the Great Lakes by the 17th century (many of them pushed west by the Iriquois expansion).
1. One of these language groups, the Santee Sioux, actually lived initially in the southeast, migrating northwest to escape what the historian Richard White has called the "shatter zone" of disease and warfare that accompanied European arrival. They ended up, at the time of treaty making, in western Minnesota/eastern Dakota territory.The Santee Sioux, however, have historically had little in common, other than most people's assumption that they are the same people, with the more western linguistic groups, the Lakota and Yankton. They never abandoned agriculture and took to full nomadism in the same way that Lakota Sioux did (this only in the late 18th, early 19th centuries as horses become hugely available because of an intercontinental horse trade with the Comanche Empire in the southern plains), they lived mainly in villages in river bottoms, and didn't have the same history of extended armed resistance that the Lakota did. One of the treaties resulted in creation of the Spirit Lake Reservation, the tribal council of which has given its approval to UND to use the name. They've generally had good relations with the North Dakota legislature and have worked out tribal-state compacts to allow for gaming on the reservation and thus have an interest in maintaining them.
2. The two western language groups, the Yankton and Lakota, were conjoined by the Treaty of 1868, which made much of the Dakota Territory (N/S Dakota are both 1888 states) part of the Great Sioux Reservation. That reservation was subsequently broken apart into a bunch of smaller reservations following the Black Hills gold rush and the Dawes Act of 1887, which resulted in the transfer of just a staggering amount of Indian lands -- 90 million acres -- across the nation into the public domain (after alloting a smaller amount as private holdings of individual Indians, many of whom ended up selling that land after becoming indebted). The Standing Rock Reservation (Hunkpapa and Yankton) has portions in North and South Dakota, and has had terrible relations particularly with North Dakota's state government, with numerous disputes over state jurisdiction on reservation land and even the borders of the reservation itself. They have consistenly refused to give permission to UND for the mascot, and I'd be shocked if they ever did.
Long story short, though, Tater's absolutely right that the NCAA has decided this is a matter for Indian governments to approve of disapprove. Given the history of the "Sioux" however, its enormously complicated who actually has the right to give approval. The NCAA has decided that UND needs permission from both groups of "Sioux" people in ND, but I do not expect Standing Rock to give permission. Well, unless North Dakota can talk South Dakota into returning the Black Hills.
that Americans of Nordic heritage have been know as the "Fighting Sioux" for millenia! They are just claiming their birthright!
They should really go for something nordic - the fighting Vikings, the Fighting Norskes, the Hammer of Thor, the Swedish Meatballs, etc... I think we will all be intimidated fighting the hammer of Thor.
along with all her siblings and my grandfather headed their chem department forever ... everyone i know from there is absolutly for bringing the name back, they love it
Of course people associated with the school are for bringing it back. But if both tribes don't agree to it, they shouldn't be allowed to use the nickname. I'm all for upholding this stipulation to using the moniker.
I feel like they should just be satisfied with not using the name. Seems like a ton of hassle to use it. But I'm also lazy.
So, if the school retires the name they are breaking state law. If they keep the name, they will face NCAA sanctions.
The NCAA sanctions schools for following the law. Makes sense, since they don't seem to sanction schools for breaking the law.
It's a lawyer's world, we're just living in it.
So presumably if they keep the name, they can kiss any bowls/tournaments/etc. goodbye.
Forgive me if this sounds ignorant, not meant to be. But i see casino's all over the place using indian names, land etc to make money. Whats the difference of a non profit school using this name while educating youth? I understand the difference between who named who here but find it a bit hypocritical that foul is now cried when a name is used without permission by a school. I can see if its some dbag on the side of the road selling fake native american merch under a name (vague reference i get it) but im just pointing this out. I guess my point is i dont see mansions propping up all over tribal lands from casino income but education is provided to kids using an indian name is now vilified.
Those casinos are tribal enterprises, owned and managed by tribally owned corporations and funding government services. That certainly doesn't mean they are unproblematic, or free of corruption (see Abramoff, Jack). But they are a manifestation of tribal sovereignty, of the rights of tribes as "domestic dependent nations" to manage their resources and their lands and their people as they see fit, subject only to federal regulation (states have no sovereignty over reservation lands).
For me, tribal control over Indian names and images in American sports is the most obvious extension of this idea of sovereignty into the broader American culture. If UND, and the ND state leg, wants to make an arrangement where they provide scholarships, or help establish and fund a tribal college, or otherwise meet the interests of both tribal councils, then excellent. They've so far not done this, instead relying on political stunts and acting like the victim (continuing a long history of the ND state leg's relations with the states Indians) and therefore, they're not going to get the approval they need.
as you will find. Most people won't know that Sioux means "enemy", but they do perceive the Irish as drunken brawlers.
There are several posts re: why the comparison isn't all that apt. I'm also not so sure that people still really have the stereotype of Irish people as "drunken brawlers." That seems like a stretch.
I don't think most people think of Indians as Braves or Chiefs anymore. To the extent that they think about Indians, they view them with a benign condescensing attitude.
What animus people may have had has long since dissipated because of the Indians lack of profile. The only time we see anything about Indians is when it is a discussion like this one.
You don't see the problem with a condescending attitude? There is still racism against American Indians - certainly more than there is against Irish Americans! Modern racism/the current attitudes of whites doesn't even matter much for this conversation, though. A lot of American Indians suffer today as a very direct result of what was done to them in the past by the U.S. government.
These things are not so much a mascot or caricature as a representation of how one sees himself or his team. For example, Amphibious1 probably uses the Predator as an avatar because it's a bad ass warrior. If the tribe(s) vote it down as deragatory I'd respect that, but not necessarily just individuals complaining. Wikipedia's name origin section is interesting, but not definitive.
AFMich, love the Airedale (another term for hard-headed, but lovable bastard).
They do need a firm hand, but they are of such great temperment that even disobediance seems acceptable, some times. We have a 7 month old and he just lets him snuggle up next to him and pull on his fur without a care in the world, but if I walk up to him and he even senses I'm ready to play he'll go hard for as long as I can take it.
I'm glad "Wolverines" is not offensive.
Somewhere out there is an ethnic group just waiting to be outraged by it.
A proper name, such as the Seminoles, or Irish, is fine.
Adding "fightin'" or some other caricature / stereotypical adjective in front of the name cheapens the identity of the group.
As for those claiming that no team should be named after any group, I disagree. It can be turned into something positive from there; naming a team Sioux, just "Sioux", especially for a university, can be turned into an opportunity for said university to encourage the study & appreciation of the culture of thier chosen name.
Naming a team "fighting sioux" or let's go the other way, "mean drunk Irish" , encourages a stereotype and IMO makes appreciation of the culture & history of the name awkward at best.
Lastly the NCAA trying to take the moral high ground - PUH-LEEZE. Yeah ok they'll go after a team name but if you cheat your ass off - they do nothing.