Thursday, February 9, 2012

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA RESUMES USING 'FIGHTING SIOUX' NICKNAME -- FLASHES THE BIRD AT NCAA.



HELLO, FRIENDS. I THINK SOMEBODY AT THE FOXNEWS.COM CENSOR'S DESK DOESN'T LIKE ME. TEN TIMES OR MORE, I HAVE VENTED MY WRATH AND INDIGNATION VIA THE NON-DISCRIMATORY "SHARE" DEVICE TO PROMOTE THIS STORY.  BUT 'BIG BROTHER' AT FOX AND/OR NCAA SEEMS TO HAVE NO CENTS OF YUMA ATOLL.

HERE'S WHAT I WROTE:

"I HAVE RESERVATIONS ABOUT THIS SITUATION. BUT I SALUTE THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING SIOUX PRESS OFFICE FOR HAVING THE BRASS ONES TO FIRE THE BIRD (A LA M.I.A.) AT THE NCAA. WHY DON'T THE PEE SEE RUBES GO ON THE WARPATH AGAINST THE LATE, BELOVED NATIONAL TREASURE, JOHNNY CASH? AFTER ALL, DIDN'T JOHNNY RECORD THE HIT TUNE A BOY NAMED SIOUX ?

WELL, IT SEEMS I I'M BEING WATCHED, BECAUSE EVERY TIME I WOULD WRITE ANYTHING THAT COULD BE VAGUELY OFFENSIVE TO OUR WONDERFUL AMERICAN INDIANS, THE WHOLE PIECE WOULD BE ZAPPED, OR WOULD BE "CORRECTED" CHANGING BOY NAMED "SIOUX" TO BOY NAMED "SUE". AT TIMES WHOLE SENTENCES WERE DELETED AND THE REST LEFT INTACT. HELL, FOLKS, I THOUGHT THIS WAS AMERICA. AND I THINK IT IS. BUT SOMEBODY I DON'T TRUST IS AT THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH SWITCH, AND I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHO DAT.DEAR READERS, WE ARE UNDER ASSAULT.

YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT, VERNE STRICKLAND, USA DOT COM BLOGMASTER


HERE'S THE STORY AS POSTED BY FOXNEWS.COM:



Published February 08, 2012
| FoxNews.com
Riding a wave of public support, the University of North Dakota has resumed using its "Fighting Sioux" nickname despite threats of sanctions from NCAA officials and a looming legal fight that could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We realize the NCAA will likely place us back on sanction status immediately," said Grant Shaft, president of the state's Board of Higher Education.

Supporters of the nickname, which the NCAA regards as insensitive to Native Americans, are seeking a referendum on whether to restore a law repealed in November that required UND to keep the name. The school dropped the name when the law was repealed.

Shaft was joined in his defiance by the school president, Robert Kelley, who announced Wednesday that the 14,000-student public school's athletic teams will resume using the nickname. Kelly said the school decided to resume using the nickname and logo to respect the state's referendum process, which requires that the pro-nickname law be in effect while the state reviews the more than 17,000 signatures submitted to North Dakota's secretary of state on Tuesday. 

"I want to reaffirm our respect for the laws of the state and the processes guaranteed under the North Dakota Constitution," Kelley's statement read.

Shaft told FoxNews.com his office plans to meet on Monday with North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, whom he expects will advise the board of its options. Shaft said the board is likely to join Stenehjem's bid for a declaratory position from the U.S. Supreme Court on the matter. 

Liz Brocker, a spokeswoman for Stenehjem, declined to comment when reached by FoxNews.com.
Shaft told FoxNews.com he is concerned about potential sanctions from the governing body of college athletics.
"What we're most interested in is what we hear from the NCAA and the Big Sky Conference," Shaft told FoxNews.com.