Dupris: Higher ed board wants to dump UND nicknameA supporter of UND’s Fighting Sioux sports nickname says the Board of Higher Education has already decided to dump the nickname.
By: Associated Press,
DICKINSON, N.D. — A supporter of UND’s Fighting Sioux sports nickname says the Board of Higher Education has already decided to dump the nickname.
Sam Dupris spoke at a board meeting at Dickinson State University. He’s been hired by backers of UND’s nickname and Indian head logo to lobby tribal members to support it.
Dupris accused board members of caving in to pressure from a minority of irresponsible people who want to change the nickname and get rid of the logo.
Board members didn’t immediately respond to Dupris’ remarks. The board hasn’t voted on whether to get rid of the nickname and logo.
Standing Rock Sioux tribal Chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder urged the board to discard the nickname. He says doing that will generate some backlash, but he says it would represent a huge step forward in race relations.