As a proud graduate of the University of North Dakota, I've been appalled at the process of replacing the revered Fighting Sioux name with the so-called nickname vote. Even though I practice law in Texas, I spearheaded a legal effort to stop the vote and have written a series of opinion pieces that have been published in North Dakota media. This op-ed was published in the state's largest newspaper, the Grand Forks Herald, and was also published in the Dickinson Press.
I’m a member of the Missisquoi Abenaki in northern Vermont, through my grandmother, who was born in Québec. I’m also a UND graduate, class of 1980. But I don’t live in North Dakota; in fact, I’m an attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. So as I’m reading the letters regarding the Fighting Sioux issue, and the opinion piece from the Fargo Forum telling everyone to put the Fighting Sioux issue to bed, I feel compelled to speak out.
The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are calling for ignition interlocks for all first time offenders. This goes too far.