October 24, 2007

"Fighting Sioux" judge was Fighting Sioux fan

Report:  Judge hearing Fighting Sioux lawsuit once was in group with Indian mascotA newspaper report today says the judge hearing arguments in a lawsuit over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname belonged to a student group in the 1960s whose members wore a cartoon American Indian mascot on their jackets.

The Forum reports in a copyright story that Judge Lawrence Jahnke was a member in the early 1960s of UND's Golden Feather pep club.

The Golden Feather group, founded in 1956, is credited with creating "Sammy the Sioux," a cartoonish mascot that was discontinued in the early 1970s, according to UND archives.

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