The University of North Dakota will always be the Fighting Sioux to us, and to every other die hard UND athletics fan. Johnny Toews would agree with me.
Recently, the President and other higher ups of UND decided they will retire the name and logo in October.
A few years back, the NCAA told UND that they had to get approval from all tribes by the end of next hockey season in order to keep the name and logo. Well, a month ago, the first tribe voted. They overwhelmingly voted three to one in favor of UND keeping the name.
Even with that encouraging vote, UND people still decided to drop the name.
Opponents of the name say that it's "hostile and abusive." How? I mean, there are some ways the name was misused, I admit. For example, the concession stand used to have things called "Sioux-per dogs." Ok, that is unnecessary. They got rid of that stuff two years ago.
As a person who has attended UND for the better part of four years and went to just about every hockey game, I can say that, without a doubt, there is nothing but pride for the nickname.
People in this country need to stop being so high and mighty. People just try to find things by which they can be upset and offended. Those people represent a very small amount of the country.
The majority of the country, the ones who don't agree with these people, need to take a stand and stop giving in to these minorities. A majority of Native Americans even don't care about the name; it's just a minority among them.
I'd imagine Toews' new team will soon be fighting the same battle, as well. Sooner or later, attacks will be mounted against the Blackhawks name and the Washington Redskins. I just wish this country would stop letting the minority of upset people dictate what everyone else can do and how they are supposed to feel.
It's all but a lost cause at this point, so when the name goes all I and every other die hard UND fan can do is still wear all our Sioux gear to every event, even though the jerseys the players wear will say nothing more than "North Dakota."