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OPINION: The Washington Red Clouds

November 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Bob Drury and Thomas Clavin

Special to the Washington Post

In June 1870, the most powerful American Indian leader in the country, Red Cloud, arrived in Washington with a contingent of Oglala and Brule Sioux. He was treated as a head of state…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

OPINION: The Washington Red Clouds

November 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Bob Drury and Thomas Clavin

Special to the Washington Post

In June 1870, the most powerful American Indian leader in the country, Red Cloud, arrived in Washington with a contingent of Oglala and Brule Sioux. He was treated as a head of state…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Nationals’ presidential mascots pay visit to Rushmore

February 18, 2013 in The Daily Republic

RAPID CITY (AP) Some of the biggest names in American political history visited the Black Hills over the long President’s Day weekend, even stopping at their likenesses at Mount Rushmore.
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Means took fight from Wounded Knee to ND’s Fighting Sioux arena

October 23, 2012 in The Daily Republic

GRAND FORKS, N.D. The timing was coincidental, but Russell Means would have appreciated it: On the day he died, workers began removing the prominent “Home of the Fighting Sioux” signs from Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.
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ND voters mull Fighting Sioux nickname clash

June 12, 2012 in The Daily Republic

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Voters cast ballots Tuesday to resolve a bitter dispute over the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname, even as supporters of the moniker promised to resume the battle this fall regardless of the outcome.
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A Fighting Sioux timeline of debate

June 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

UND athletic teams, formerly the Flickertails, gradually begin using the nickname Sioux, later Fighting Sioux. A series of Indian head logos includes a cartoonish Sammy Sioux. Continue Reading

MERCER: Time to be brave about that name of the Braves

May 29, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE I started to re-think my thinking recently about whether calling a sports team the Braves is a racial wrong.
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Native Americans banned in schools

May 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Eight Oregon high schools will have to retire their Native American mascots after the Board of Education voted Thursday to prohibit them, giving the state some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on Native American mascots, nicknames and logos. Continue Reading

In Oregon, a familiar debate over Indian nicknames

March 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The emotional issue before a state education board last week was the use of an American Indian name and logo for a school’s athletic teams. Some, including American Indians, fervently support the tradition. Others, including American Indians, just as passionately oppose it. No, not here. This was in Oregon, where Scapoose High School athletes are known as the Indians and their logo is a fiercely determined American Indian in full headdress. That image may be banned, along with more than a dozen others in Oregon, within a few weeks. Continue Reading

Road hog: ‘Mudonna’ to pursue mascot record during Twin Cities Marathon

September 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Mudonna, the costumed mascot of the St. Paul Saints baseball team, plans to run the 26.2-mile race, and she’s aiming to shake her bacon. Continue Reading