“How else can we say no?” Taken Alive said. “It’s very disrespectful.”
David Gipp, president of United Tribes Technical College, said today is the time for UND to begin making the transition to a new logo.
“We will bring North Dakota into the 21st century kicking and screaming, but we will do it,” Gipp said.
The UND nickname and logo “perpetuates that stereotypical image,” he said. “It's just a part of who we were and doesn't give them the encompassing image of who we are.”
Indians include physicians and lawyers who are contributing to American life and are not simply historical artifacts clad in “buckskins and headdresses,” remembered most for “fighting the cavalry,” he said.
“If that's all we wanted to be, we wouldn't come here to UND,” His Horse Is Thunder said. “We come to expand our horizons . . . to become part of the modern world.”
For more on the subject, see Fighting the Fighting Sioux.
Below: Chief Illiniwek, a "Fighting Illini."