North Dakota Indian Education Association

Resolution regarding the use of the "Fighting Sioux" Name and Logo at the University of North Dakota

WHEREAS, it is the mission of the North Dakota Indian Education Association to represent and promote a quality education as it pertains to the academic, social, physical, cultural, and spiritual well-being of Indian children and adults, and

WHEREAS, that any use of American Indian names and logos in athletics is demeaning whether intended or not; and

WHEREAS, these names and symbols promote and encourage practices that trivialize American Indian culture, traditions, and spirituality; and

WHEREAS, the United States Commission on Civil Rights (2001) calls for an immediate end to using Native American names and symbols by non-Native schools and public institutions as these names and logos teach all students that stereotyping of minority groups is acceptable; and

WHEREAS, the use of the name and symbol at the University of North Dakota hinders the full participation of American Indian students in all aspects of campus life;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the North Dakota Indian Education Association strongly 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 logo;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the North Dakota Indian Education Association strongly encourages the President of the University of North Dakota, the Chancellor of the North Dakota University System and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to take immediate action regarding this issue for the benefit of all current students and future students planning to attend the University of North Dakota.


THE FOREGOING RESOLUTION WAS DULY PASSED AT THE NORTH DAKOTA INDIAN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE BY THE MEMBERSHIP ON THE 19th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2001, IN FORT TOTTEN, N.D.