T-shirts from some students at UND's Springfest have sparked controversyGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - T-shirts from the annual Springfest celebration in Grand Forks are creating a firestorm, some are claiming racism on UND's campus.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - T-shirts from the annual Springfest celebration in Grand Forks are creating a firestorm, some are claiming racism on UND's campus.
Photos online show UND students wearing shirts that say "Sioux-per Drunk"... with a picture of the retired Fighting Sioux mascot.
Photos of non-native students donning "Sioux-per Drunk" shirts are spreading all over social media.
The shirts show a stereotypical Indian head logo, similar to the retired Fighting Sioux sign, drinking from a beer bong.
Several groups wore the shirts Saturday during Springfest: an event that isn't organized by UND, but attended by most students.
Ever since, the Native American community at UND has been speaking out, condemning the shirts and calling them offensive...
Saying the "Drunk Indian" stereotype is one of the worst involving Native American people.
Dr. Alan Shackelford/UND American Indian Studies Prof.: “not only does it lampoon American Indians. It lampoons alcoholism. And for any of us, who have friends or family that have personally faced that demon we know that it's nothing to make light of.”
UND officials encourage anyone who finds the shirts offensive to file a complaint with the dean of students.
At ten tonight, hear from UND President Robert Kelley.