I have been bedridden for the last month, and have made it to my office computer for the first time since being struck down by this nasty pneumonia. The Board's action came a day or two before I watched the old Paul Newman film, The Drowning Pool . In the film, the decent but local sheriff resists Lew Harper's investigation because it increasingly involves the Devroux family, who are "among the finest families." Beyond redemption because of the noblesse oblige so long accorded them in the parish, though, the family collapses of its own corruption.
Although not collapsing of their own corruption, the action of Board and the particular members who led the charge, you know who you are Bev Clayburgh, are as assuredly as much a part of North Dakota aristocracy as the Devroux's were of their parish. I have often claimed North Dakota is more aristocratic than democratic, Lloyd Omdahl not only exhibiting ignorance of his home state, but his instinctive protection of the "finest families." This university does not belong to its students, staff, and faculty. Indeed, it does not belong to the public, especially native Americans. Note the lack of discussion of education in the Interim Legislative Committee's report. Rather, the higher education system of this state is the plaything of the aristocrats.