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FNS File Photo More than 300 UND students and nickname supporters dressed in their Fighting Sioux apparel for a Friday afternoon rally and group photo at Ralph Engelstad Arena on April 9, 2010. The event was held one day after the State Board of Higher Education directed the university to begin retiring the nickname.

Trying to fight Sioux insensitivity: After offensive T-shirt incident, UND administration tries to respond to demand for action

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GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota has held plenty of events promoting diversity, but Damien Webster, a senior majoring in Indian studies, said the only time he has seen big crowds is when student attendance was mandatory.


“There needs to be a lot of education across the board,” he said. “We all stick to our own and we need to open up.”

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Anna Burleson
Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson with story ideas or tips by either phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. More examples of her work can be found at
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