UND Students Create ‘Siouxper Drunk’ Shirts, Apologies Issued
On Saturday May 10, a group of University of North Dakota students wore T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Siouxper Drunk” accompanied by a chief in a headdress drinking from a beer bong as part of a Springfest celebration. The shirts were discovered by Native students who saw several images plastered all over social media the same day, which incited heated debates on Twitter and Facebook.
UND Student Frank Sage said many students were outraged by the shirts and called them degrading and demeaning. “They call it Springfest, but it really is just drinkfest for those students,” Sage said.
Senior Danielle Miller, (xodanix3 on twitter) treasurer of the University of North Dakota’s Indian Association (UNDIA) watched the activities unfold over the weekend and grew so frustrated by the actions of culturally insensitive UND students she documented a series of social media postings on storify.
In Miller’s posts, photographs of a UND student with the Twitter name @Sioux_Sam wearing the T-shirt and screen captures and tweets by UND students demonstrate the support of the prior Sioux nickname and disregard for UND’s Native students.
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