WARROAD, Minn. (AP) - An organization that works to stop racism in sports is backing off its threat to sue a Minnesota school district over use of the Warriors name and logo.
Henry Boucha, an Olympic silver medalist and a former professional hockey player, is an Ojibwe American Indian from Warroad and said he spoke to the board of the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media on Monday about the history of the Warroad Warriors name.
“Na-May-Poke, one of my great-great uncles, was awarded land through the land allotment in 1905. He was able to sell part of that land for the first Warroad school,” Boucha said. “He was a wise old man, because he asked the school, if I sell you the land, will you instill the name, Warroad Warriors?”
Boucha said the area’s name came about because it was part of the war trail during skirmishes between Ojibwe and Sioux peoples.
“Warroad is a significant place in the history of the Anishinabe and Ojibwe,” Boucha said. “That’s the history. It’s the blood of our ancestors on that land from those skirmishes and battles with the Sioux over a hundred years.”
The coalition threatened the school district with a lawsuit earlier this month, but has issued a new statement, according to Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/VCzChD ).
“Henry Boucha educated the board on the history of the Warroad community and logo. Out of further review, we … offer our apologies to the elders and community. We rescind our letter of Friday the 15th to the Warroad School Board with regard to litigation.”
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org