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Bremer Group May Withhold Grant to UND

The Otto Bremer Foundation is considering withholding funding from UND if it continues to use the Fighting Sioux nickname.

In a letter dated Oct. 2 to Carl Fox, UND director of research and program development, the foundation said it's providing UND with $80,000 to fund a UND program to define health and health seeking programs of Native Americans with mental illnesses. In the same letter, the foundation said further funding of programs is, however, in danger because UND ignores the human rights and dignity of Native Americans.

"Continuation was also given to the university's use of a (nickname) that disparages Native Americans such as the Dakota, who are the intended beneficiaries of this grant," the letter states. We find it ironic and unfortunate that this institution that pretends to serve all North Dakota citizens continues this racist practice.

Grand Forks Herald, October 24, 2000

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