The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has a new tribal leader and the Sioux nickname may still have a fighting chance.

The Standing Rock Tribal chairman, Charles Murphy said he would discuss whether or not to keep the Fighting Sioux Logo if the deadlines were taken off the table. Murphy said it is not a top priority for him, and the reservation is clearly diveded on the decision.

The Higher Education Board is acting under pressure from the NCAA, which says the Sioux nickname is hostile and abusive and needs to go, unless UND can get both North Dakota Sioux tribes approval. The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe did earlier this summer, but the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s decision is still impending.

The NCAA in 2005 listed 18 schools with American Indian mascots and images that is considered “hostile and abusive”, and banned them from postseason play pending name changes. Some schools, like Florida State University (Seminoles) and the University of Utah (the Utes), were allowed to keep their nicknames by getting permission from the local tribes.

But most changed their nicknames, leaving UND as the lone holdout.

 

written by RaniWhiteEagle & MakaylaBadwarrior.

 

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