Members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe, the closest tribe to the University of North Dakota campus, have declared the school’s Fighting Sioux nickname and logo “an affront to the dignity and well-being” of the tribe.
More than 70 people packed a tribal administrative building about 90 miles west of Grand Forks to discuss the nickname Tuesday night, and approved a resolution calling on the school to drop both the nickname and the Indian-head logo.
“(The tribe) finds that the use of the ‘Fighting Sioux’ and ‘Sioux’ names by the University of North Dakota is both dishonorable and an affront to the dignity and well-being of the members of Spirit Lake,” the resolution read.
The vote totals on the resolution were not released.
Replacements found for Harris poll
Recently retired Marshall coach Bob Pruett, former Georgia coach Ray Goff and four others were chosen to vote in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, replacing the six panelists who withdrew last week.
Former players Jim Mandich and Joe Jacoby and former college assistant coaches Denny Aldridge and Frank Sadler were also placed on the 114-member panel of former players, coaches and administrators, plus some media members.
Huskies decide on starters
One day after naming Isaiah Stanback his starting quarterback, Washington coach Tyrone Willingham tried to clear up a few more position battles.
Junior Sonny Shackelford will start at wide receiver along with Anthony Russo.
Senior Tusi Sa’au will start at right guard over junior Clay Walker, while the other starting guard spot is still being competed for between junior Stanley Daniels and senior Tui Alailefaleula.
The place kicker will be senior Evan Knudson. On defense, Willingham said junior Scott White would start at linebacker over sophomore Dan Howell. Juniors Donny Mateaki and Brandon Ala are still competing for a starting defensive end job.
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