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Published August 13, 2011, 07:47 PM

Fighting Sioux Fans and Opponents Speak Out

The end has come for the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. The controversial issue has left some people happy, some upset, and most just ready to move on. Now, Fighting Sioux fans and opponents are speaking out about the decision to change the tradition.

The end has come for the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. The controversial issue has left some people happy, some upset, and most just ready to move on. Now, Fighting Sioux fans and opponents are speaking out about the decision to change the tradition.

Darrell Vanas, Colorado Springs: "Actually, I felt a relief. I don't think the Fighting Sioux is a derogatory term," Darrell Vanas of Colorado Springs, CO said.

As a Native American, Vanas doesn't think the name and logo are discriminatory. But he does understand the opposition.

"It's a never ending battle of what offends me, what offends you," Vanas said.

A battle that has finally come to an end. The NCAA is standing firm on its opposition against the Fighting Sioux name and logo, now some fans are left wondering "Why?"

"I thought it brought notoriety to the Indian Nation in a form of higher education. What better could it be?" East Grand Forks resident Glenn Hanson said.

But some opponents to the nickname were ready for the fight to be over.

"In my opinion, it's gone on far too long. This should have been settled years ago," UND Director of American Indian Student Services Dr. Leigh Jeanotte said.

The NCAA now says it will consider making changes to its original settlement, especially concerning use of the logo inside the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"I mean, I think they should try to preserve as much of it as they can, mostly to honor his legacy, as much as the tradition of the University here. But there's also very complex social issues that play that you have to be cognisant of," Michael Roscher of St. Paul, MN said.

Decisions on the new school mascot and the future of the Sioux logos inside the Ralph are still uncertainties. But both fans and opponents agree, it's time to move forward.

"Put them aside, and let's live together as a group," Vanas said.

The next step for UND will be decided by the Board of Higher Education. Until then, the school will keep its Fighting Sioux name.

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