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USD Center for Disabilities Community Director Featured on FOX Broadcast

Jim Warne headshot Jim Warne, the USD Center for Disabilities director of community engagement, was featured on FOX to discuss American Indian nicknames for athletic teams in the NFL.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Jim Warne, Oglala Lakota tribal member and director of community engagement at the University of South Dakota’s Center for Disabilities, was featured in a pre-game segment on the FOX television network leading up to the broadcast of an NFL football game on Thanksgiving Day.

The segment discussed inappropriate American Indian nicknames for athletic teams, and it also noted the many problems facing today’s American Indian tribes and reservation residents and communities.

Warne, a former NFL football player, was interviewed at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Part of the broadcast included Warne visiting the cemetery at the Wounded Knee massacre site, where he mourned members of his own family who were murdered there in 1890.

The broadcast can be viewed on YouTube.

FOX estimates that as many as 30.3 million viewers watched NFL football on Thanksgiving, the largest audience for professional football since the 2020 Super Bowl.

The Center for Disabilities is affiliated with USD’s Sanford School of Medicine. Its main offices are located in the medical school’s Sioux Falls campus, and it also has staff and projects across South Dakota.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News