The shirt, which James town, N.D.-based Orriginals Inc. began printing about a week ago, includes the words: "No Sioux Logo No Sioux Casinos!" It also features UND's Indian head logo with the words: "Hostile and Abusive," and plots out the location of three casinos in North Dakota and South Dakota, which it describes as "Destructive and Addictive."
"This is not a sentiment we are promoting, fostering or supporting in any way, shape or form," said UND spokesman Peter Johnson. "We just don't think there is any place for this type of thing in the dialogue we would like to have. It is not what the University of North Dakota is about."
By creating a link where there is none, the shirt's purveyors are telling the tribes, "We don't care whether the nickname is right or wrong. We're going to pressure you to approve it with an attack on your casinos." Again, the conclusion is obvious: mascot lovers have zero respect for Indians and their beliefs.
Below: The t-shirt sans the "Fighting Sioux" logo.