Letter from Robert Eurich

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 11:05:03 -0500
From: Robert Eurich

Dear President Kupchella,

Understanding the dilemma with which you are faced concerning your university's use of an American Indian related sports team token, I am writing now to offer my support in favor of retiring this anachronistic racial icon.

As you may know, virtually every responsible American Indian advocacy group in the country, including the National Congress of American Indians, have made it clear they favor the replacement of these dehumanizing, outdated, and stereotypical racial sports team tokens.

Add to this the thoughtfully crafted position statements and resolutions adopted on this matter by numerous organizations such as the NAACP, the United Methodist Church, and the National Education Association (to name a few), and it becomes clear to a reasonable person that there are serious social, educational, and moral concerns associated with the institutionalized exploitation of "Indian" tokens.

Though taking a progressive stand on this divisive, time-consuming, and emotionally loaded issue is neither easy nor popular, it is the wise, courageous, and proper thing to do.

Accordingly, I urge you to make a small but significant conciliatory, healing gesture and respectfully replace the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" sports team token with one that is more unique, contemporary, race and gender neutral, and in which all people - including American Indian people - can take genuine pride.

Thank you for your consideration. Please choose with wisdom, heart, and vision.


Robert Eurich
Port Jervis, NY

American Indian Sports Team Mascots

"Little drops of rain wear away the greatest of stones."