Greetings to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.

I am an Assistant Professor of Music at UND. Let this letter serve as an official protest against the Board's decision and its decision-making process regarding UND's athletic teams's nickname and logo. I wish to make two remarks:

1) The atmosphere of indifference to the human rights of a significant minority of the student body on the campus of UND is affecting my ability to teach my students.

2) The Board's decision to undermine the thoughtful information-gathering process instituted by President Kupchella has severly weakened my confidence in the North Dakota University System.

Thank you for your time and consideration.



Dr. Michael Wittgraf
University of North Dakota
Department of Music - Box 7125
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202

office (701) 777-4716
dept. (701) 777-2644