UND sorority in trouble for pro-nickname banner during Indian-themed Time Out Week
Grand Forks, ND - The University of North Dakota's Gamma Phi Beta sorority is in hot water again for what is being seen as anti-Indian behavior.
The international chapter of the group has issued an apology for hanging a pink banner that read, "You can take away our mascot but you can't take away our pride!" to celebrate UND playing in the NCAA Frozen Four tournament.
The house, which sits next to the American Indian Student Services building, hung the banner on an outside wall on Monday and people were quick to react via social media before it was taken down the same day.
UND President Robert Kelley issued a statement saying he was disappointed and that the timing of its display, at the start an Indian-themed educational event called Time Out Week, demonstrated a lack of sensitivity.
"UND has a long-standing respect for the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, which we teach in many of our academic programs," Kelley said in the statement. "Along with that, we have a critical responsibility to promote respect and civility within our campus community. We teach and model respect for others. It is imperative that, through our actions, we demonstrate respect for all."
UND sorority representatives declined to comment on the incident, but in a press release, the national chapter apologized and said the group will work with the UND's American Indian Student Services to provide sensitivity training.