December 30, 2006

CIRCLING THE WAGON:

Fighting Sioux Prevail: Lone Dartmouth Protester Objects to Indian Logo at Game (David Corriveau, 12/30/06, Valley News)

Before and during Dartmouth College's hockey game with the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux last night, Shelby Grantham couldn’t help feeling like a voice crying in the wilderness.

“Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!” one middle-aged man, rhythmically tapping his lips with his open hand, called to the Dartmouth English professor outside Thompson Arena, where Grantham stood with signs protesting the Indian nickname and logo of the perennial national-championship contenders from the Great Plains.

Looking at the sign in her arms that read, “American Indians are people not mascots,” another passer-by in his 50s said, “You need to lighten up.”

They weren't the first, or the last, to criticize the lone protester, particularly among the many North Dakota fans who helped fill the Dartmouth rink to capacity while proudly, loudly wearing white, black and green UND hockey jerseys with the school's recently redesigned Indian logo on the chest.

“It's been largely negative,” Grantham said shortly before game time. “Lots of shaking heads, as though I were crazy. The biggest thing I'm hearing from people is, ‘Why don't you go home?’ Some people have said, ‘How! ... I had expected more support by this time.”


Maybe if Dartmouth had kept its Indian mascot instead of switching to a color they'd have played with more spirit.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 30, 2006 10:13 AM
Comments

Telling that the lone protestor was an English prof. They've become a parody.

Meanwhile the once-proud St. John's basketball program has won diddly since switching from the noble Redmen to the idiotic "Red Storm."

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 30, 2006 1:06 PM

Indians don't need any more pale face "help."

Posted by: erp at December 30, 2006 9:12 PM

My great great grandmother was an Indian, and I have been proud of that heritage all my life - proud of the self-sufficiency, the respect for a creator and nature, the bravery in battle, and any other wisdom or goodness that might yet be in me through that ancestor -- wouldn't it be appropriate for me to cheer an Indian mascot then? I think it is sign of respect to be chosen as a mascot. Did anybody anywhere ever say an Indian was not a person because there exists an Indian mascot? Aren't we all tired of this nonsense?

Posted by: Sandy at December 31, 2006 10:54 AM
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