UND gradually deleting Fighting Sioux nickname

The University of North Dakota is gradually eliminating all references to its old nickname. By August, most vestiges of the Fighting Sioux name and logo will be gone from letterheads, walls and windows, merchandise and even food items on menus, says the Fargo Forum.

The NCAA ordered the elimination of the nickname because it was deemed offensive. The University has not yet selected a new name and logo for its sports teams.

Not all students are happy with the change.

“I would say a majority of students just assumed this day ­wasn’t going to come,” Casey Hayden, a UND senior from Cottage Grove, Minn., told the paper. “There are a lot of hurt feelings over it, but it’s pointless to blame anyone and important to move forward.”

Some references to the name on historical items will be allowed, as will items embedded in building architecture, but the school has lots of changes to make, including the names of scholarships and awards, including: the Sioux Award, Spirit of Sioux Award, Fighting Sioux Club, Sioux Boosters, Sioux-Per-Swing, Sioux-Per-Burger, Fighting Sioux ROTC Battalion, Sioux Laundry, Sioux Fan Fest, Sioux Crew, Sioux Amateur Radio, Sioux Kids Club, Sioux Strong and Soaring Sioux, a balloon club.

And retailers have to get rid of the old logo merchandise by the end of June, which means the old stuff will become collector’s items.

A tattoo shop owner in Grand Forks said hundreds of Fighting Sioux logos have been applied over the years, but so far no one has returned to have one covered up.

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