"Fighting Sioux" judge was Fighting Sioux fan
Report: Judge hearing Fighting Sioux lawsuit once was in group with Indian
Last update: October 24, 2007 1:23 PM
GRAND FORKS, N.D. A newspaper report today says the judge hearing
arguments in a lawsuit over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux
nickname belonged to a student group in the 1960s whose members wore a
cartoon American Indian mascot on their jackets.
The Forum reports in a copyright story that Judge Lawrence Jahnke was a
member in the early 1960s of UND's Golden Feather pep club.
The Forum said it confirmed the information through official UND archives
and tried unsuccessfully to contact the judge for comment.
His clerk said he does not comment on an ongoing court case.
UND is challenging an NCAA ban on the use of the Fighting Sioux nickname
and logo in postseason play. The NCAA considers the nickname and logo
hostile and abusive.
Jahnke is a UND graduate as are attorneys in the case, including Wick
Corwin, who represents the NCAA and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne
Stenehjem, who represents the state.
The Golden Feather group, founded in 1956, is credited with creating "Sammy
the Sioux,'' a cartoonish mascot that was discontinued in the early 1970s,
according to UND archives.
Information from: The Forum, http://www.in-forum.com