Fighting Sioux to Retire Nickname, Logo

     Boston College beat Miami of Ohio 7-1 and Wisconsin defeated Rochester Institute of Technology 8-1 in Thursday’s Frozen Four semifinals in Detroit. Ouch. So it is the WCHA vs. Hockey East on Saturday. Hobey Baker Memorial Award to be given out Friday.

     And this Thursday afternoon story from the Grand Forks Herald. A short story below, which doesn’t include that North Dakota will be allowed to use the Fighting Sioux nickname during 2010-11. Also, a longer story from the Grand Forks Herald is here at the Herald’s site.

MAYVILLE, N.D. — The University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux logo and nickname appear headed toward retirement, the president of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education said Thursday.

Richie Smith said the North Dakota Supreme Court’s decision earlier today affirming a lower court action clears the way for the board to revert to a decison it made in May 2009 to retire the nickname.

"The action we took in Dickinson stands," Smith said.

He cautioned, however, that another board member still could ask to revisit the issue. The board is meeting at Mayville State University and working primarily through budget and construction issues.

The logo issue had been on the board’s agenda at the start of today’s meeting, but board member Grant Shaft of Grand Forks merely reported that he was waiting to hear what the state Supreme Court issued for an opinion. That opinion came a few hours later, but board members initially inclined to wait until a meeting later this month or in May to act.

But after a break in the meeting this afternoon, Smith said his reading of the situation is that Chancellor Bill Goetz "will write a letter to (UND President Robert) Kelley and advise him that he can start the transition" away from the logo and nickname.

3 thoughts on “Fighting Sioux to Retire Nickname, Logo

  1. How can the nickname Fighting Sioux be “hostile and offensive”? Yet, Washington Redskins is OK?

  2. How can an entire state be so daft? Or is it simply racist? If it offends anyone, the logo should come down. Period. Let alone an entire race. And yes the Washington football team should be next. How that can be okay in an age of supposed respect is beyond me. That’s the worst one by far.
    I agree, get out the chisels and move on.

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