Minnesota Indian Education Association

RESOLUTION No. 2103
in opposition to the University of North Dakota's use of the "Fighting Sioux" name and logo

Whereas, it is the mission of the Minnesota Indian Education Association to support traditional Native cultures and values, to enable Native learners to become contributing members of their communities, and to improve educational opportunities for American Indian people, and

Whereas, the use of an American Indian stereotype is demeaning by its very nature, whether intended as such or not, and

Whereas, these stereotypical symbols create an environment in which degrading acts become more acceptable and promote practices that trivialize and demean Native American culture, traditions and spirituality, and

Whereas, the United States Commission on Civil Rights calls for an end to the use of Native American images and team names by non-Native schools acknowledging that such names and logos when promoted by public educational institutions, teach all students that stereotyping of minority groups is acceptable, and

Whereas, this is an issue of human rights because the use of such a name and symbol at the University of North Dakota limits the ability of all Native students to learn and take part in campus and community activities.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, the Minnesota Indian Education Association deplores, opposes and calls for an immediate end to the University of North Dakota's use of the "Fighting Sioux" name and its accompanying "Indian-head" symbol.

Be It Further Resolved, the Minnesota Indian Education Association cautions American Indian students against attending the University of North Dakota until such time as the name and logo are changed and the University affirms its commitment to respectful racial and cultural inclusion.

(passed 10/12/01)