Plain Talk: Seven Years in the Making, Fighting Sioux Documentary to Be in Theaters This Spring

A sign company employee carries away the letter S from the word Sioux as the signage proclaiming Ralph Engelstad Arena "Home of the Fighting Sioux" is taken down in Grand Forks in 2012. The removal was part of the agreement between the state of North Dakota and the NCAA over the University of North Dakota's use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. John Stennes / Forum Communications

Bismarck-based filmmaker Matt Fern has been making a documentary about the controversy around the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname for seven years now.

This spring, he’s finally ready to put it in front of audiences. The film, now called Fighting Over Sioux, will get a theatrical release in North Dakota this spring, to be followed by availability in other media such as online streaming.

Fern talks about his journey in making this film, how he tried to include both sides, and why the story is still relevant today.

I was interviewed for the film (we’ll see if that was a good editorial choice by Matt or not) and I’m excited to see it be available for the masses.

If you’re interested in updates about when and where you can see the film, you can follow along on Kickstarter or Facebook, as well as the film’s website FightingSiouxMovie.com.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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