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Ron Pink letter: Lots of hypocrisy in nickname debate

I can only chuckle at the hypocrisy every time the Fighting Sioux become successful or achieve notable recognition. Abracadabra, the nickname offends someone.

I can only chuckle at the hypocrisy every time the Fighting Sioux become successful or achieve notable recognition. Abracadabra, the nickname offends someone.

Let's put the ball into a different court for the sake of argument. Is anyone going to tell me that the Sioux nation, Chippewa or any tribal council for that fact, hundreds of years ago would condone tribal gaming to make millions of dollars off of the retired white Americans of the United States?

I am going to come out and say that I am offended that people who worked their whole life to save for retirement are now having their golden years stolen financially from tribal gaming, and I would like to start a petition to have it abolished. Where is the tradition or honor in gambling? Does this not offend any of you knowing that you are destroying numerous lives daily? Or is it the simple fact that this is a huge moneymaker and that is comparing apples to oranges.

So if cash is the motivator, then I guess what we're really looking at here is that someone wants to be paid for use of the name and logo. Solutions, I don't know if there is one because everyone wants 15 minutes of fame, in this case more than that, but most of all, it's another sign that we cannot get along because something always offends everyone and the media is more than happy to cover it.

Before you put pen to paper claiming racism, my ethnic background is part Fighting Irish, Viking, and also Fighting Sioux, and I'm actually proud of that!

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Ron Pink

Fargo

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