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Published April 04, 2011, 06:33 PM

Plains Tribes Oppose Indian Nicknames, Logos

Leaders of 11 Indian tribes in the northern Great Plains passed a resolution of support for an NCAA policy to eliminate American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots at its member colleges and universities.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Leaders of 11 Indian tribes in the northern Great Plains passed a resolution of support for an NCAA policy to eliminate American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots at its member colleges and universities.

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association took the stand after the North Dakota Legislature passed a law requiring the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian head logo. The university had been planning to retire both in August.

The Grand Forks Herald reported that the resolution says the use of American Indians for school nicknames, logos and mascots continues to be "dehumanizing and disrespectful" to Indians and is a "racist statement."

NCAA officials plan to meet with Gov. Jack Dalrymple and state officials April 22 to discuss the university's Fighting Sioux nickname.

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