Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe To Make “Major Announcement” On Fighting Sioux Issue


FORT TOTTEN, ND – The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe, outspoken supporters of the University of North Dakota’s controversial “Fighting Sioux” nickname, will make what they’re describing as a “major announcement” tomorrow at the tribal headquarters in Fort Totten, ND.

“The Spirit Lake Nation, through its Tribal Council and the Committee for Understanding and Respect, will make a major announcement regarding the next step in their ongoing efforts to preserve the use of the Fighting Sioux name and logo by the University of North Dakota,” reads an advisory sent to the media.

My guess? The tribe is suing somebody. Most likely the NCAA. Which brings up some interesting questions as we approach a special session of the legislature to start next week in which a repeal of the state’s “Fighting Sioux” bill will be considered.

Does this give politicians stuck between pressure from the university system to repeal the bill and pressure from the public to keep the nickname an out? Can they now say that, with litigation over the issue begun by the Sioux tribe, they want to hold off until that’s resolved?

I think they can. Everyone is expecting the Fighting Sioux bill to be repealed during the special session. That looked likely, but if the Sioux announce what I think they’re going to announce it’s going to change that calculus.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

Related posts

  • Dakotacyr

    The settlement agreement said both tribes had to agree.

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      The Spirit Lake tribe wasn’t party to that lawsuit or settlement, so that’s irrelevant.

      But I know what you’re thinking.  Stupid Indians won’t be the victims you want them to be, am I right?

      • RCND

        thats an excellent point Rob…. the white limo liberals of the higher ed cabal sorta overlooked them then too didn’t they.

        • The Fighting Czech

          Im willing to guess, they will be filing a Discrimination suit against the NCAA., as well as UND…for the reasons you stated,  The bad thing is its more money coming out of the taxpayers wallets,  but on the positive side,  it might be worth watching the  educational elite,  squirm on this for a while!!!!

          • RCND

            Actually, if it goes down as you suggest, there won’t be tax $ going into it. The NCAA is a non-profit

      • Dakotacyr

        they are not a party to the NCAA, the university is. 

        • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

          The NCAA sold merchandise with their name on it, and has made rules concerning their name.

          They have standing.

          • Dakotacyr

            No they don’t.  You don’t have a clue as to what standing means. 

          • Jimmy_Wildcat

            As to jurisdiction, the judge would likely have discretion to allow a permissive joinder to the suit. As to standing, I don’t know whether the Tribe could show that damages would result if the nickname is retired.

          • Jimmy_Wildcat

            I believe the Tribe would also have to show subject matter jurisdiction as well (federal question or diversity).

  • Tim Heise

    They should also start a Statutory
    ballot initiative if and when the legislature repeals.

    • Dakotacyr

      and what would that do to make the NCAA change their mind?

    • Dakotacyr

      and that would do what, exactly?

  • spud

    This lawsuit has no standing in court and will be thrown out.  Lawmakers will vote this out the law and Big Sky here we come.  If wrong UND sports will take major hit as will taxpayers in Grand Forks.  The Alerus barely gets 60% crowd now without a conference good luck with that.  The people of this state are tired of this soap box and want an endgame to it all.

  • howiseeit

    Never mind all the legal conversation.  The Spirit Lake Nation through their actions continue to earn the respect that the Fighting Sioux name intended.  Too many were sitting idle, while a few were speaking for the many.  I think the Spirit Lake Nation agrees and it’s nice to see they are not going to stand for it.  Way to stand up Spirit Lake Nation.  The Spirit Lake Nation deserves the honor and respect that we have for “Fighting Sioux”.  God Bless the Fighting Sioux and the Spirit Lake Nation.