The NCAA’s decision last month to ban Indian mascots, logos and nicknames from postseason tournaments has opened up another can of worms — how to best hide offensive images that constitute a major portion of a venue’s design? From the AP :
Spokesperson Erik Christianson contends the complaints will not force the N.C.A.A. to back off its policy entirely. Rather, it will abide by the appeals process and fight in court, if necessary.
University Of North Dakota President Charles Kupchella said that approach could cost his institution. Ralph Engelstad Arena (above) which will be host to the West Regional hockey tournament in March, has nearly 3,000 Indian images built into the structure, including a 10-foot Indian sketch on the granite floor.
Kupchella said the N.C.A.A.’s requirement that universities make reasonable attempts to cover all American Indian symbols or logos for postseason tournaments that have been already awarded could cost North Dakota substantially more than it expected when it agreed to be host of the tournament.
“It’s not justified or legal,” Kupchella said.
Kupchella’s teams are nickamed “The Fighting Sioux”, a stance apparently justified by tribal approval. I guess if one group of people says they aren’t offended, that renders all other groups’ feelings on the subject invalid.