A Siouxtable solution

The University of North Dakota will finally replace its offensive nickname.

Editorial board

After years of challenges, discussions and debates, University of North Dakota will get rid of its Fighting Sioux nickname. Some students and alumni will miss the 81-year-old nickname, but getting rid of the name is the right decision.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a law Wednesday that overturns attempts by the Legislature to keep the name. Losing the offensive name is the respectful and honorable choice.

While some American Indians liked the nickname, it insulted others. The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe of North Dakota supported UNDâÄôs nickname, but the Standing Rock SiouxâÄôs tribal council refused to endorse the name. In some incidents, American Indians support a university or teamâÄôs name when it references them, but if an American Indian council is against a name, it should be removed.

In this case, North Dakota is finally doing the right thing by getting rid of the name. While many students and alumni love the name and tradition that comes along with the Fighting Sioux name, it was offensive. UND students and alumni will have to adopt a new nickname and accept that âÄî whatever its intentions âÄî many found Fighting Sioux to be unacceptable.

By dumping the nickname, UND will now be able to participate in NCAA postseason play. The university will also be able to host NCAA events without a problem.

Though it will cost money and time to make the switch to a new nickname, it was time to get rid of the hurtful one. ItâÄôs more important to respect American Indian culture and tradition than to hold on to demeaning logos, mascots and chants for sporting events.