January 18, 2017

Letter: Comment on the demise of UND nickname

In response to the all the racist comments in the aftermath of the University Of North Dakota finally getting rid of their nickname:

I am a native elder in Oklahoma and work with troubled juveniles. I know whereof I speak. All of you racist knotheads out there pay attention.

Substantial and ever increasing evidence supports the fact that native people, particularly children, are negatively impacted by the racial implications of using native mascots, nicknames, logos, etc. Self esteem and a positive self image are necessary for all of our children. To discontinue the use of these racial references is a huge step towards happier, healthier native children and a  better tomorrow for us all.

Once more, "We reserve the right to choose what is insulting to us."  Get It ?

Dwain Camp, Ponca Nation