Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune – Henry Boucha offered this response on his Facebook page on Friday night:Boucha posted this picture on his facebook page.
“It the late ‘80s, early ‘90s, the Warroad Indian Community, the Indian Education Department and the Warroad Indian Parent Committee supported keeping the name Warroad Warriors. [The Warroad Indian Community] still does today!
“We are proud of what the Warriors represent. Warroad [Kay-Bay-Kah-Nong] is derived from War Road, a trail to the West where the Warriors (our ancestors) traveled down to fight and battle the Sioux. We fought many fierce battles and won the war, keeping our land on Lake of the Woods.
“This is what the name is all about, and we are proud to have it.
“The Indian Parent Committee and the Warroad Indian Community designed the logo for our school. We use it today and wear it with pride.
“We haven’t had a mascot in 40 years. No-May-Poke, a brother to KaKaGeesick and Little Thunder, sold part of his land allotment at a very reasonable price to the Warroad School. It was at [that] time the Warroad Warriors name was instilled, with pride.
“This issue should be left to the communities to decide. Warroad decided once, and we’ll keep the name!
“The National Coalition, with members David Glass, Clyde Bellecourt, Michelle Mills, Norman Renville and Alan Yansey, who instigated this issue with Warroad, along with their lawyers using donated monies and wasting it on this lawsuit, only want fame and national recognition. They should feed the homeless and use the money for something good.’’
Take the hint, Clyde, and go back to the noble task of getting rid of the Washington Redskins.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Star Tribune: Henry Boucha responds to Bellecourt
If you haven't seen this, it's worth a look. Former Warroad Warrior and Minnesota North Star Henry Boucha let Clyde Bellcourt and the National Coalition Against Racism know how he felt about their efforts to get Warroad to change it's logo. These comments were posted on his Facebook account.