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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Sorority apologizes for banner at UND chapter

  • The Gamma Phi Beta Sorority has issued an apology on behalf of the chapter at the University of North Dakota after an incident involving a banner referencing the school's retired "Fighting Sioux" nickname and Indian-head logo.
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  • The Gamma Phi Beta Sorority has issued an apology on behalf of the chapter at the University of North Dakota after an incident involving a banner referencing the school's retired "Fighting Sioux" nickname and Indian-head logo.
    The banner, hung outside the sorority house on the UND campus and later taken down, read, "you can take away our mascot but you can't take away our pride," KFGO radio reported. It was displayed as the UND men's hockey team prepares to play a semifinal game Thursday in the NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia.
    UND President Robert Kelley issued a statement saying the banner lacked sensitivity.
    UND retired its nickname and Indian-head moniker in 2012 because many people and the NCAA deemed it offensive.
    "The members of Alpha Beta Chapter sincerely apologize for the lack of respect they displayed by hanging an insensitive banner on their chapter facility," Gamma Phi Beta said in its statement dated Tuesday. "Gamma Phi Beta sincerely apologizes to the University of North Dakota community — we do not condone behavior that violates the policies and values of our organization."
    The Centennial, Colo.-based sorority said it will provide sensitivity training for the UND chapter and might impose sanctions.
    The UND chapter in 2007 was put on probation for a year for hosting a "cowboys and Indians" party at which students dressed in stereotypical American Indian garb and wore red face and body paint.

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