Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Doris Looks Away

Hi everyone, I hope your all happy and healthy. My name is Doris Looks Away and i was born on April 17, 1916. I'm a member of a family with twenty two people in it and each kids name starts with the letter J. I am an Indian Woman part of the Sioux tribe. When it comes to the UND fighting Sioux, I am an extreme advocate for their determination and their outright domination in the NCAA hockey league, because if they are going to represent our tribes great name, they got some pressure to do well for themselves. I am a great fan of the sport of hockey. Everyone of my kids is playing, starting at a young age. If the UND hockey team is willing to represent such a great name I am all for it. I do not find it discriminating in anyway but honorable and i appreciate the recognition they bring to our family. Although, I do not approve of chants or slurs, I consider those to be very inappropriate.

13 comments:

zoe said...

I can't understand how my fellow native americans, including you, can stand by and let this archaic portrayal of our people happen! Take a look at Ronald F. Levant's opinion, president of the American Psychological Association, he says that these stereotypes are hurting not only the native american student body but also the total student body. He says that these mascots are creating stereotypical misleading and often insulting images of our race. I just don't understand how you can let this happen if you have children of your own.
-Winona, Native American UND student

APaetz said...

hey Doris it would be nice if you could sign your name at the end of your message so i know who you are! Make sure to do that next time! I am glad we feel the same about this issue. Our kids should get together and play some hockey! It could be a wonderful time. It was great hearing from you.
love always,
Gale Hayden

Brandon K. said...

I am happy to see Native Tribes that have the same views that we do. We feel like we represent the Sioux in a powerful, but respectful way. Also, it is very great that your descendants play hockey. This shows that you are even more aware of the things that are going around

-Davy Hastol, UND Hockey Coach

Jake S said...

Doris, I find your opinion extremely important, considering you are an Indian yourself. This is a break through, if the Indians are saying they take pride in this great name, then why even debate getting rid of this name? The Indians like yourself should share the same type of emotion and passion you show for your tribe. Glad to hear you are a supporter for the name, and hopefully there are more people out there like you.

Gloria Hayden

LDea said...

Whats up Doris Looks Away?!
I totally agree with your outlook on the mascot. The Indian tribe is a very powerful tribe and I am very glad that the hockey team that everyone is well aware of represents the mascot so well. I hope everything is well.

Marie Little Solider

Ryan Vaudreuil said...

Now here is an Indian in her right mind. It is not racist to have a team named after them, especially because it the "Fighting Sioux". Thats what they did and thats what they get known for. Funny how that works. I'm glad you have a head on your shoulders and you agree with me.

-deputy Len McAuley

Laura B said...

Doris, you make a good point. UND is a great school, but students are being disrespectful of Native Americans. I disagree with you on supporting the school. Thankyou for your time.-Jon Ekohak

ABarmore said...

Doris,
NO NO NO. This is outrageous, you are a souix? you should want the name to be sacred. I understand the pressure they are under with the name, that gives them more reason to throw away the name. Get rid of the name, why would you support the name. You are not a true native American.
-mike sanders

Mike B. said...

Doris, I too cant understand your opinion about this mascot. The use of the mascot leads to racism and stereotypes towards your people. Ive said it before on here but I'll say it again, the Sioux are people...not mascots! I just think it is degrading for a team to be represented by a politically incorrect image of a Sioux tribe member. Like you said having this name does bring up chants and slurs that should be taken as disrespect to the Sioux people.

Mike B. said...

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Josh R said...

Doris I to share your passion for hockey. Did Native Americans started the sport of Hockey... OK no we didn't but that would be sweet. I would've thought because your relationship with Marie that your opinion on the subject would be against leaving the mascot the same. I am glad that you believe how you do even after what horrible things Marie had to endure because of her race. Stay strong fellow "Sioux." I leave you in peace.

Michelle said...

I hope our paths don't cross as well. The University is doing the Indians a favor for even taking thier name on as their mascot. If it were up to me, I don't think they deserve a mascot named after them. What have they done? Nothing so why are they being honored? And what do the Indians do? Decide to take the University to court and cause a racket because they think it is disrespectful. They are trying to honor you and you don't like it. Fine but don't expect any honoring later on!
Julian Hayden

Gorman said...

Doris great name!

It's awesome to see another supporter from my neck of the woods. I'd really hate to see the name have to go, fight the power! Let's rally people to keep the name, you make some great points your help would be great.

Doris Strickland