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Published March 16, 2011, 10:02 AM

Williams and Ree Sell Out Empire Arts Center

While many avoid talking about the Fighting Sioux nickname debate publicly, a comedy duo in Grand Forks Tuesday night made jokes about the controversy. Williams and Ree, also known as the "Indian and the White Guy," performed at the Empire Arts Center.

While many avoid talking about the Fighting Sioux nickname debate publicly, a comedy duo in Grand Forks Tuesday night made jokes about the controversy.

Williams and Ree, also known as the "Indian and the White Guy," performed at the Empire Arts Center.

About a dozen people in the crowd wore Fighting Sioux shirts.

The comedians were going to perform at the Alerus Center, but were asked to avoid using the word Indian.

So, they booked a show at the Empire Arts Center instead.

"A lot of our friends have been there, you know Reba. We didn't even know it was pronounced Alerus. We just though allarus. We just thought it has to be some type of Norwegian place"

The two also talked about how they feel the NCAA and legislators have no right telling UND what to do about the nickname.

They also joked that the NCAA should have forced the former restaurant Whitey's in East Grand Forks to change its name.

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