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North Dakota saying goodbye to Fighting Sioux nickname

Dec 6, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

NCAA Fighting Sioux Meeting AP

There have been discussion, negotiations, and even lawsuits over the last few years revolving around the University of North Dakota and their Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. Finally, there is some action to go along with all of the talk.

The school is now taking significant steps to transition away from the Fighting Sioux nickname/logo—a process that will be “substantially completed” by December 31, 2011. The hockey team will continue to wear the same jerseys until February when the new jerseys are available, but around campus the school will take steps to remove the logo and nickname from just about all visible locations.

According to the University, the school is aiming for “several key values” while they transition the nickname and logo. They say they want to show respect, take care, provide inclusiveness, and show transparency as they make the move away from the Fighting Sioux.

That’s politically correct speak for “we’re going to do it and try really hard to not upset anyone in the process.”

After expunging the Fighting Sioux from the campus, the next step will be to settle on a new nickname for the university. It’s a process that the school isn’t even allowed to start working on until January 2012; and it’s a process that won’t be completed overnight. According to the school, “the law stipulates that neither UND nor the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education may adopt a new nickname or logo before January 2015.” Until then, the school will just be known as the University of North Dakota and will use their interlocking ND logo as their primary logo.

It’s been a long time coming, but the Fighting Sioux nickname is finally on its death bed. For anyone that wants jerseys or memorabilia that will soon be “vintage,” you have a couple of months before their licensed dealers will be prohibited from selling merchandise with the Fighting Sioux logo.

At least the fans will still be able to wear whatever they want to games.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Pathetic PC bulls**t.

    • bcjim - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:24 PM


  2. donttouchthedirtypenny - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    This is terrible. I hate PC crap like this. What I really don’t understand is since they were strong-armed in dropping the nickname, why are they prohibited from adopting a new name for three years?

    • contraryguy - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:32 PM

      The North Dakota state legislature passed a law prohibiting the name change, with a sunset date of 1/2015.

      It has been 15 years since the Miami (Ohio) Redskins changed their name to the RedHawks, and it wasn’t a popular decision. I think people have gotten over it, mostly.

      What’s in a name? Columbus didn’t get to choose its own NHL team name; “Blue Jackets” was something drawn out of a hat at Bettman Central. People like the cannon though… Columbus Cannons, hmm…

  3. bigtganks - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Isn’t this name more of a tribute than a slight? Are the Irish or Catholics upset about Notre Dames name? Should I be upset with the N. E. Patriots? When does PETA jump in to move Sharks, coyotes, lions, tigers, bears, bruins penguins, cardinals, panthers, blue jays, etc.

    Slippery slope folks…

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    I am a HUGE Gophers fan and hate NDSU but this sucks, feel bad because the message being sent is wrong! if you don’t know all about this story, don’t it’s a bunch of BS

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:26 PM

      I should state more clearly. I feel bad for NDSU and their fans

      • nhlbruins90 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM

        The schoolyard bullies win again.

      • ellennn7 - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:08 PM

        Apparently not bad enough to call us by our actual school. UND are the Fighting Sioux. NDSU are the Bison. It’s just as disgraceful to us to be called NDSU as it is for our nickname to be taken away.

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    As much as I hate North Dakota (Minnesota fan) this is just crap. Some where Ralph is turning in his grave. I guarantee you if he knew this was coming, he would not have put up the money to build the new Ralph. The NCAA needs better things to do with their time, like figuring out a college football playoff system. Maybe finding a new location for the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay. Maybe figure out what happened at Penn State/Syracuse.

  6. sippindasyzurp - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Sounds like up here in Canada where the native people get everything they want and cry foul about anything and everything until our government gives in.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:54 AM

      Bullies only win when the cowards shrug and look the other way. Maybe the majority should stop shrugging and stand up for themselves. PC bulls**t is today’s form of censorship, and it’s a ‘soft’ form of tyranny.

      I don’t like being bullied. I don’t like being told I can’t even say the word Christmas anymore. ‘Happy Holidays’ … and exactly what holiday are we talking about? The holiday that dare not speak its name. You know, the one the vast majority of us celebrate, and have since the country was founded, but for some reason, we’re afraid to even mention in public anymore.

      If anyone is offended by my religion, my heritage, my culture … well, that’s your problem, not mine. I respect other people, and expect the same in return. I’m tired of a minority of people disrespecting my heritage and bullying us into silence and silly evasions like ‘Happy Holidays’.

  7. rainyday56 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Political correctness is only one step removed from ideological correctness — kommrad.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:41 AM

      And the kommrads are falling in line out there in North Dakota. They’re proud of themselves too.

  8. selldannysell - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    I don’t think “Fighting Sioux” is offensive. And I’m someone who feels Washington’s pro football team should change its nickname.

  9. michiganhockey11 - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    I’m extremly disapointed. It is one of the best names in all of hockey. The local tribe of Chippewa contnues to allow Central Michigan University use the “Chippewa” name with the school. The tribe sees it as a positive marker for them. This is stupid.

    I guess I gotta get the merchandise now before it is gone right? It’ll be collecter only after this year…

  10. 89seminole - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Maybe the Sioux tribes should call the Seminoles to figure out how to do it correctly. The Sioux are doing a great job of becomming a non factor.

  11. comeonnowguys - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    …And yet Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish and their fist-bearing leprechaun gets a pass. Again.

    Hypocritical and arbitrary.

    • michiganhockey11 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      Now if the leprechaun had a bottle of whisky…….

      Anybody know of a good site to get Fighting Sioux mechandise? Can you buy from their athletic site?

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