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Published April 08, 2010, 10:56 PM

Spirit Lake Sioux React To Nickname Retirement

The news of the nickname change has brought out many different emotions on the Spirit Lake Reservation Thursday night. Some people were happy to see it go, while the news made others angry.

The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe supported UND's use of the Fighting Sioux nickname, even passing a reservation-wide resolution of support.

With today's retirement of the nickname, some there are feeling like their voices were not listened to.

The news of the nickname change has brought out many different emotions on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Some people were happy to see it go, while the news made others angry.

One person didn't like or dislike the nickname but was glad the debate was finally over.

Larissa McKay / Spirit Lake Nation: "Personally, I think that they should have just left the name. Not just people from our reservation but other reservations too I think they should have just took pride in it. And they should have just left the name the way it was."

Brock Georgeson /Spirit Lake Nation: "I think it was just pointless personally. They had the name for how many odd years and no one threw a fit about it. So I dont know why it is such a big deal now. I think they coulda just left it."

Charles Morin / Spirit Lake Nation: "I think its a good thing for our people. It gets rid of all of this in-house, out-house fighting. And a lot of people were against it, because it was more or less a racial slur."

Many fans of the nickname said they would continue to wear their Fighting Sioux clothing no matter what.

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