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Published November 09, 2010, 10:27 PM

UND Task Force Talks Preserving Fighting Sioux Logo History

With the decision to retire UND's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, a focus group is trying to make another decision. They're hoping to find a way to keep the controversial logo a part of UND's history.

With the decision to retire UND's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, a focus group is trying to make another decision.

They're hoping to find a way to keep the controversial logo a part of UND's history.

A co-chair for the Traditions and History task force says the logo means something different to everybody, and they're finding a way to preserve that history.

"I wore the Fighting Sioux jersey 45 years ago as an all-American football player," Bruce Smith, task force co-chair, said.

For Bruce Smith it's a piece of his history. For this task force group, it's the subject of a survey.

The traditions and history task force at UND is trying to figure out how, if at all, the Fighting Sioux logo should be used for non-athletic purposes like alumni use, awards and scholarships.

They are hoping to honor a logo that's been around for 80 years.

"It's a very divisive issue. There's people on both sides of the issues. A lot of emotion involved," Kris Compton, task force co-chair, said.

This group of students, faculty and community members will meet over the next year-and-half. In addition to honoring the historical aspect of the logo, they want to find the best way to retire it before the NCAA deadline on August 15, 2011.

"We need a very thoughtful process to walk people through so we make the right decisions," Compton said.

"Each person on the committee is voicing their opinion on whether it should be retained, eliminated or if there is an appropriate use for it," Smith said.

The task force will give their results to UND President Robert Kelley as the retirement moves forward.

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