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The Situation On the Ground
Reader Jason Stadel, a Dakotan, a Native American, and a member of the United States Army, kindly shares his e-mail of this morning to Dartmouth Athletic Director Josie Harper.
Ms. Harper,The Grand Forks Herald this morning reported:
I was wondering why you took it upon your self to comment publicly on something that has nothing to do with you or your fine institution. How would you know that the name Fighting Sioux is offensive? Have you been to any Sioux reservations in North or South Dakota? I’m an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, university educated and I serve in the U.S. Army; as a “real” Fighting Sioux I’m offended that you would have the guts to tell me that something I’m proud of is offensive. The nickname is not offensive. What is offensive is the people that try to make a mountain out of a mole hill when it has nothing to do with them.
Take a trip to a Sioux reservation someday. Then you’ll see the things that are actually problems that Native Americans deal with: poverty, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy, extremely high unemployment and large high school drop out rates. I’m not talking about hand outs, I believe that help comes from within first, but if people want to try and help the Indian World, they should start there and try not to get headlines talking about a nickname that most Native Americans support. Thank you for your time and attention and have a good day.
Defenders and opponents of the UND logo are also taking their feelings directly to Harper. She said she’s received about 50 emails since the letter to the editor first appeared. She said those included letters of support from people on campus but also many letters harshly attacking her.If Jason’s letter is representative of those in Ms. Harper’s inbox, I would hardly characterize them as insulting. In fact, I might characterize them as polite, well-informed, and deserving of a response.
“I have trouble deciphering it,” she said, “when they’re so sure no one is being insulted (by the nickname) and I shouldn’t be worried, but they’re doing a really good job of insulting me.”
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…