They want it gone.
State voters decided overwhelmingly Tuesday to dump the controversial nickname and Indian head logo deemed hostile and abusive by the NCAA. Sixty-seven percent voted "yes" on a measure to retire the moniker.
Nickname supporters have long complained about the Standing Rock Tribal Council's refusal to hold a reservation-wide vote on the issue. The end result Tuesday in Sioux County was a 184-159 vote to dump the name.
UND fans are ‘Still Proud’ after Tuesday’s nickname vote
By Chuck Haga
The majority for dropping the nickname exceeded 70 percent in Cass, Burleigh and Grand Forks counties and topped 60 percent in most of the rest. The vote on both reservations was for the story to end.
But Archie Fool Bear, nickname champion at Standing Rock, and Eunice Davidson, his counterpart at Spirit Lake, insist they will go on with their campaign for an initiated measure to engrave the nickname in the state Constitution.
“I will continue,” Fool Bear said Wednesday. “I’m still proud of who I am, still proud to be Sioux. I’m not going to go away.
Rather, they object to the war whoops, tomahawk chops, and "smallpox" chants that accompany the savage stereotype. They're proud of what Indians have achieved in science, business, the law, medicine, education, the arts, and religion--not just what they've achieved by attacking and killing people. Duhhh.
Indeed, other Indians probably have more pride than Fool Bear in the Sioux's achievements. The only achievement he's proud of is the Sioux ability to fight. If he's proud of any other aspect of Sioux life, he's keeping quiet about it.
Fool Bear can continue fighting like his cartoon version of the Sioux, but he doesn't have much chance of winning. He'd have to get the same people who turned down this initiative to reverse themselves and vote for a constitutional amendment. The amendment would have to pass a court review. And UND would have to successfully endure the NCAA's sanctions.
Any of those things could happen, but none of them are likely. The odds of all three happening are very unlikely.
For more on the "Fighting Sioux," see North Dakotans Vote to Retire "Fighting Sioux" and NCAA Punished UND for "Fighting Sioux."