VIDEO: Fighting Sioux Fight Starts Debate on Fox News Channel(WDAZ-TV) - The long-running conflict over the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo has made its way to a nationally broadcast cable news channel.
By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ
(WDAZ-TV) - The long-running conflict over the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo has made its way to a nationally broadcast cable news channel.
On the Happening Now show on Fox News Channel this Friday, the nickname stirred a debate on whether the University of North Dakota should be able to keep it.
Lis Wiehl, a Fox News legal analyst, took the position of keeping the nickname. "We're not talking about the wimpy or the loser Sioux, we're talking about the Fighting Sioux, like the Fighting Irish. You going to take that away too?" Wiehl said.
UND was required to get approval for use of the nickname by North Dakota's two Sioux tribes but only got the green light from one.
Defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh took the other side of the debate, saying "(the NCAA) has asked North Dakota to take (the nickname) away and if they don't, their penalties, I think, are appropriate."
In March last year, the North Dakota Legislature passed a law that required UND to use the logo and nickname, despite the NCAA's threat of sanctions.
That nickname bill was repealed, but a successful statewide petition effort made it effective again.