Bismarck-based filmmaker Matt Fern has been making a documentary about the controversy around the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname for seven years now.

This spring, he's finally ready to put it in front of audiences. The film, now called Fighting Over Sioux, will get a theatrical release in North Dakota this spring, to be followed by availability in other media such as online streaming.

Fern talks about his journey in making this film, how he tried to include both sides, and why the story is still relevant today.

I was interviewed for the film (we'll see if that was a good editorial choice by Matt or not) and I'm excited to see it be available for the masses.

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Rob Port, founder of, a North Dakota political blog, is a Forum Communications commentator. Listen to his Plain Talk Podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RobPort.