Friday, April 9, 2010

Fighting Sioux Officially Retired

Paging Mr. Ralph Engelstad, it is now time to turn over.

It has been a long time in coming, but the retirement of the nickname Fighting Sioux was cleared in the courts yesterday. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education wasted no time in taking action officially retiring the nickname and logo.

Read the full story from the Grand Forks Herald.

The remaining issues at hand are what the new nickname should be, if there is one. There is a grassroots movement to have no nickname leaving it open for reinstatement later or as a form of “silent” protest. There is also the issue of the 2,200 logos in Ralph Engelstad Arena and how to remove those seeing they are carved in stone wood throughout the structure.

The nickname of UND prior to the Fighting Sioux was the Flickertails. The previous name change occurred in 1930.

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