UND Student President Vetoes Pow Wow Funds, Supports RollTribe Drinking T-Shirt
Every spring, The University of North Dakota’s Indian Association (UNDIA) puts on a week-long series of Native-themed cultural events called ‘Time Out Week.’ Though the events are meant to be celebratory, many native students expressed dismay this week when the UND Student Body President Nick Creamer vetoed an allocated $2,000 to the ‘Buffalo Feed’ meal that Native students give to pow wow participants and guests for the event ending pow wow celebration.
After the veto, Native students attacked Twitter with the hashtag #FundtheFeed and questioned the professional behavior of Creamer who has tweeted his support of a pro-drinking t-shirt emblazoned with the term #RollTribe and the statement “Take Me Drunk… I’m Home.”
In addition, the Gamma Phi Beta sorority – the sorority that held a cowboy and Indian themed party in 2008, just this week posted a banner which stated, “You Can Take Away Our Logo But You Can’t Take Away Our Pride.”
According to UND Senior Danielle Miller, (xodanix3 on Twitter) treasurer of the UNDIA majoring in Indian Studies and communications, the pow wow will still be taking place, but she is disheartened that funding to the meal was vetoed by Creamer.
“This situation was very upsetting considering UNDIA had the funds allocated to them and then revoked,” says Miller. “ The execution of the way this took place was very sneaky and unprofessional. They waited until the week before the pow wow to come to this decision, despite the fact that they had months to do so. Because they waited so long UNDIA did not have an opportunity to appeal those decisions.”
“They will be unable to host the Buffalo event without the funds; they will have to pay for the cost out of pocket,” she said. “It’s not just about having food at our event, but it’s a way to show appreciation of each other. To have a feast or give others food in many native cultures is an act of honor and respect.”
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