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Published November 22, 2011, 07:20 PM

Kelley, at 'State of UND' Speech, Says Sioux Nickname 'Substantially Retired' by End of Year

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - UND President Robert Kelley used his "State of UND" address to praise accomplishments and acknowledge challenges the university faces today.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - UND President Robert Kelley used his "State of UND" address to praise accomplishments and acknowledge challenges the university faces today.

First among those challenges, Kelley said, is the phase-out of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

Kelley says the name and logo will be substantially retired by December 31, but there are contractual commitments and licensing contracts that will require some logo use through the end of the school year.

"From the athletic side of the house, we will address this Senate bill repeal and the state board's directive as effectively, as efficiently, and as quickly as we can within contractual commitments," Kelley said..

With the nickname law repealed in a special session on November 9, UND is on the fast track to drop the Fighting Sioux name and logo and the athletic department knows it has some work to do.

"There'll be some equipment that we cannot change out before the end of the school year, and in some cases with some of the uniforms that'll be the same situation. We're in the middle of the year, there's no way to replace those at this point in time," athletic director Brian Faison said.

But there are other changes that need to happen. The UND athletics website, FightingSioux.com, will need a new domain name and all nickname images and references will be removed. The athletic department also has some work to do with the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"Determine timelines and processes. We have to work with some of the outside entities where we play. There will be some issues with REA we'll have to work through to see what we can get done in terms of game presentation, some other things like that," Faison said.

The university is on track to have the nickname and logo nearly phased out by January 1.

"We will use the UND flame logo, which has been an ongoing logo for many years. We will use the interlocking ND, and we will use the term 'North Dakota,'" Kelley said.

The new law that goes into effect on December 1 states that UND can't have a new nickname or logo until January 1 of 2015.

In the meantime...

"Start learning how to say 'We are North Dakota. We are North Dakota.' You got it! Very good!" Kelley said.

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