Monday, October 29, 2007
Jury member #3
My name is Chief Grand Cherokee of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribal Council. I am 60 years old and I grew up with this tribe and am a practicing Sioux. I did not go to college, but I am one of the elders in this tribe and am a chairman on the tribal council. I am one of the chairmen who are deciding whether or not our tribe supports the mascot for UND, or if we find it offensive and think that they should change it to something else. The previous decisions that we have made on this issue didn’t really say anything, we decided that we neither support or oppose the use of the Fighting Sioux as the nick name for the school. It is basically split down the middle with the same number of people on either side of the issue. None of us really think of it as a huge or important issue, but I personally don’t see what the big deal is. I don’t support it saying it is a great idea or anything, but I definitely don’t oppose it, I don’t think that we should force them to change the name of their mascot, or change the mascot at all, it just isn’t a big deal.