Fighting Sioux nickname opponents make an allegation Engelstad family can’t ignore
Those words appear in bold, three-quarter-inch type on fliers that are now spreading all over the Spirit Lake reservation.
They’re part of a quote opponents of UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname and logo are alleging the late Ralph Engelstad spoke a dozen years ago in a bar, when referring to Sioux Indians trying to change the nickname of the hockey team he once played on.
Today, those trying to make that change are using the fliers as part of a campaign to convince voters on the reservation to say “no” to a referendum on the nickname and logo Tuesday.
The explicit goal is to demonstrate that Fighting Sioux is connected with racists.
Longie said this one was his best weapon in converting nickname supporters into opponents.
Still another flier had quotes evidently taken from a Facebook group, “Petition to keep the Fighting Sioux nickname.” Among the quotes were insults directed at Indians and this one: “Not to sound like a (expletive), but we did win the war. White America was kind enough to not kill them all, so ... yeah, we shouldn’t have to give up the name.”
For more on the subject, see Team Names and Mascots.