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Grand Forks mayor condemns ‘Siouxper Drunk’ shirts

GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and City Council President Hal Gershman are condemning an incident Saturday in which several people wore racially insensitive T-shirts to an annual festival in town, according to a news release.

"The T-shirts worn recently in our community demonstrates a lack of respect for and understanding of American Indians (and everyone else, for that matter)," they said. "It is inconsistent with what we stand for and who we are as a community."

The shirts, which depicted an Indian head drinking from a beer bong and the words "Siouxper Drunk," were worn by several University of North Dakota students as well as by young people from other towns to the annual Springfest celebration, which is attended by many UND students.

UND dropped Sioux as the nickname for its athletic teams in 2012.

Brown and Gershman joined UND administrators who have also released statements condemning the shirts and pledged to create a stronger atmosphere of inclusion.

"Simply put, this is not how we should treat each other in Grand Forks," Brown and Gershman said in their statement.

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