Monday, October 29, 2007

Doris Looks Away

Hello All i hope you are all having a fine week and staying healthy in every which way. My name is Doris Looks Away and i was born on April 17, 1916. Don't let my name fool you because i have my eyes focused on the right path to a healthy and successful life. I have a family of 22 with each child starting their name with the letter J. I have never got a single child's name mixed up with another even though they all look almost identical. I am Indian Woman part of the Sioux tribe. When it comes to the UND fighting Sioux, I am an extreme advocate for their determination and their outright domination in the NCAA hockey league, because if they are going to represent our tribes great name, they got some pressure to do well for themselves. I am a great fan of hokcey having every single child of mine playing, starting at the age of 7 months. Their first steps are actually on ice. All in all im a sweet woman who is always looking to help in anyway, and if the UND hockey team is willing to represent such a great name i am all for it. I do not find it discriminating in anyway but honorable and i appreciate the recognition they bring to our family.

13 comments:

sarah said...

As a leader of the AIM, I think you need to re-think this situation because this is almost as if we are being mocked and made fun of. I think we need to stand up for our tribe-this is offensive.
-clyde bellecourt

knelson said...

I agree with Sarah. I don't know how you find honorable recognition in a sports team using your tribal name as a mascot. As an Indian, I think it is demeaning and offensive.

-Louise Erdrich (Jury Member)

megan said...

I agree with what you wrote Dorris. As the Washington Redskins owner, I am really glad that you feel the way you do. I think that a lot of people dont understad or feel threatened. Its not meant to cause any affense to anyone. Its simply a name that is made to hold pride to your culture

sincerly,
Dani Snidyr

Moe said...
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Moe said...

I agree what you wrote,Dorris. I don't see how it is offensive to Indians. The name is not purposively trying to offend the Indians even if the Indians might think so. I am glad you support keeping the team name.

Ronnie Tall Bear

Rachel said...

Hey I'm the fifth jury member. What's your view on the mascot? Do you think UND should be able to keep it or should have to make a new one. Thanks!
- Amy Red Oak

caitlin said...

When sport teams use Indians as their mascot they are demeaning these people. I do not understand why you take this as a name of pride. This name needs to be changed. This name is mocked severely at UND sports games. You should change your opinion and stop being one of the Native Americans that allow this issue to continue.
-Doris Strickland

Ellie said...

I totally and completely agree with you! The school is honoring the Sioux people and their way of life. I don't think it is in any way discriminating against the Native American people.

Shadowfane said...

i agree as well Doris. as a Native American myself, i think that the name of the team is honorable. we should take pride in that fact that a respected team is named for our people.
-Mari Little Soldier

brittany said...

Dori
I agree with you the mascot should stay. I think that you should speak out about how you feel because there are a lot of people are saying that Native Americans do not like the mascot and that they find it offensive. Like you said it is representing a proud strong Sioux warrior.

imhungry4food said...

I am curious Doris to what you think about the way students and fans will cheer for the fighting sioux, what i mean is, when i see people dress and try to imatate what an indian does or looks like, part of me feels like its a sign of disrespect. I am undecided on this issue, but i feel like it could make our tribe look like a joke. I would just like to know how you feel about seeing our customs and cerimonial dances imitated?

Bailey said...

Thank you Doris.. finally an Indian who see's the harmlesness to naming a school mascot after a Native tribe. Im glad we see eye to eye on this whole situation.. now we just need to find more more Native American's who agree with you on this..
Peace out,
Kris Porter

sam said...

Doris, I think you make a compelling argument and I would have to agree with you. I think that getting on to a team shouldn't be based on what the player looks like, but their ability to play the game. If they are going to use the name the fighting Sioux, then they should give everyone a fair tryout.

-David Hayden