"Siouxper drunk" T-shirts spark controversy at University of North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Online photos of young people wearing T-shirts depicting an Indian head logo drinking from a beer bong with the words "Siouxper Drunk" are sparking controversy on the UND campus.
The photos, which were posted on LastRealIndians.com, appeared to have been taken Saturday during the annual Springfest celebration. The event, while not organized by UND, is attended by many of the university's students.
The Native American community on campus reacted swiftly on Twitter and elsewhere calling the shirts as offensive. Some who allegedly wore the shirts have responded on Twitter with apologies.
Students are encouraged to file complaints about the shirts to the dean of students, but on Monday, the American Indian Student Services Director Leigh Jeanotte said he doesn't think the administration is going to step up to the plate.
"Until there is a statement, until there is action, true action, to say that this is wrong, hurtful and it shouldn't be continued, it's going to just keep going on and on and on," he said.
This comes after an incident during Time Out Week, a Native American educational event in April, where a sorority hung a banner referencing the Fighting Sioux nickname, which some considered offensive. Students at the American Indian Student Services Center said there have been other recent unreported incidents of racism on campus as well.