Monday, October 29, 2007

Gloria Hayden


I was born in North Dakota in a small town. I live in Mercer County in the city of Bentrock. My husband is Frank, he is the doctor in the town. Being a second grade teacher, I find this outrageous that we are teaching are kids that it is o.k. to think this way. This is giving children the wrong image of the Sioux and not showing them the respect they deserve. I agree with getting rid of the logo. I find it offensive to the Native American culture. I think the Sioux tribe should be celebrated and not be used as a mascot for a team called the Fighting Sioux. If people see this as a way to honor them, there are better ways. Native Americans have been through many hardships in their life and this should not be another burden for them to carry. There are different mascots the team can have. I am a firm believer in banning the mascot of the fighting Sioux.

11 comments:

knelson said...
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Shannon said...

They are respecting the indians. They are honoring them. These people were there frist on the land so what would happen if they got ride of the mascott. No one would rememeber them or even care who they were. And how come this is an issue now it hasn't been before and this mascott has been UND's for a while so why change it now and cost the school thousands of dollars.

Moe said...

why do you think it is bad to have that mascot?

Techno Trish said...

I think that as long as the mascot is hurting people that should be reason enough to change it. Not everyone will be happy with that decision, however it would make more sense to have a stupid mascot name rather than something that offends people. If it were something such as "UMD Hamsters" (just an example), it would be as hot of an issue because no one would be feeling racially harassed.

Kiefer Sutherland said...

How exactly is having a a College sports team named after a tribe a burden for them? Agreed they have been through hardships, but this is not one of them. Don't you think the name should stay? In fact, here is a quote from the College's website, "The University of North Dakota at Grand Forks includes in its mission the goal of being one of the leading institutions in the nation in enrolling American Indian students and in prividing programs and services on behalf of the American Indian citizens." I hope you will re-think your thoughts about this issue.

knelson said...

I agree with your comments about honoring the tribes' name and all they have been through. I think that actions need to be made to change the mascot as soon as possible. It is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed in order to respect the Indians.

-Louise (Jury Member)

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

court said...

We are celebrating them by having them as a logo for a sports team. I do not understand how it can offend people. People are not making fun of them at all. This issue is being blown out of porpotion. GET OVER IT!!
Frank Hayden

melissaPETERSON said...

I agree with you Native Americans should not be used like that and treated like animals. Sorry about frank it must be hard.

Ollie Young Bear

Hibbs said...

Whoa Whoa Whoa gloria lets take a moment to think this out before we all get heated and yell....loudly. I personally believe that the UND administration would not make such a name if they thought it was giving them shame. They made up the Universities name through honor and pride. They would never purposefully make a name to say," Ohh lets offend indians and get them mad from our name." NO, they believe we are a tribe of great people now lets not go back at them with anger and have some pride for what we are recognized for.

Kiefer Sutherland said...
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