Tuesday, June 13, 2006

"...careless, irrational, arbitrary, capricious, and ultimately harmful ..." 

Just swamped with things today, so perhaps another few paragraph of the Kupchella letter to appease your appetites?
Arrogance may not be a criminal offense or cause for civil action, but it smells bad and it may be a cause for litigation when it leads to careless, irrational, arbitrary, capricious, and ultimately harmful behavior.

�Arrogance� may be harsh, but I could not come up with a better word. When you say, as you did in announcing your most recent exemption � this time Catawba Indians:

Although the NCAA executive committee continues to believe the stereotyping of Native Americans is wrong, it recognizes that a Native American Tribe is a distinct political community . . . therefore, respects the authority of the tribe to permit universities and colleges to use its name and imagery.
The arrogance of this statement is appalling. It is as if to say, �American Indians may think it is OK, but the NCAA knows better,� or perhaps, �If these tribes (now at least six in number) are not astute enough to recognize that they are the objects of hostility and abuse, let them wallow in it.� Further, if a Native American tribe is a �distinct political community,� why is it that the continuing resolution by the Spirit Lake Nation that allows UND to use the Sioux name is � in the NCAA�s words � �not persuasive?�

Instead of the logical conclusion that if American Indians, themselves, think Indian nicknames are OK, perhaps they really are OK, we get the latest in a long series of non-Natives deciding what�s best for American Indians.

It does get one to wonder why North Dakota and Illinois, and Florida State.