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John Chaske wants to save the nickname for his grandchildren

Published 02/25/2012, Grand Forks Herald

John Chaske has gone through rough spots in life. He spent time in jail and in treatment for alcoholism. He made it clear in his youth that he didn’t like white people. But he carries himself now like a seasoned diplomat, soft-spoken and gentle but focused on a cause, an elder of his Spirit Lake Sioux tribe. His testimony last year at the Legislature, where he explained why he wanted UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname preserved for the sake of his grandsons, clearly had an impact on some lawmakers.

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