It’s been a bad week for banners supporting the University of North Dakota’s former Fighting Sioux logo and nickname. First a sorority at UND was forced to apologize, and will be taking sensitivity training, for hanging a banner on their house that mentioned the logo controversy.
Now a leader of the North Dakota Republican Party says his group was forced to take down their Sioux banner by the NCAA.
Jim Poolman, Vice Chairman of the NDGOP, was in Philadelphia attending the University of North Dakota/Univerity of Minnesota game last night. According to his Twitter account, his group was asked to take down their Fighting Sioux banner by the NCAA:
— Jim Poolman (@JimPoolman) April 11, 2014
No word on if sensitivity training will be required of Poolman and his group.
Meanwhile, other politicians weren’t shy about brandishing the controversial logo and nickname. Tessa Gould, who managed Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s successful 2012 campaign, posted this picture on Twitter featuring the Senator, North Dakota Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley, left-wing talk radio host Joel Heitkamp and others in their Sioux/UND gear.
— Tessa Gould (@Tessa_Gould) April 11, 2014
The Sioux logo/nickname may be controversial still to some, but in North Dakota’s it is still very much mainstream.
By the way, in case you were living under a rock, UND lost to the Gophers.