Sioux Nickname Tribal Approval Deadline PassesIt was by today that UND would need permission from North Dakota's two Sioux tribes if there was a chance to continue to use the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. Those were the terms of a lawsuit settlement with the NCAA three years ago.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
It was by today that UND would need permission from North Dakota's two Sioux tribes if there was a chance to continue to use the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. Those were the terms of a lawsuit settlement with the NCAA three years ago.
Now, UND has until August 15, 2011 to complete a transition out of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
The North Dakota Higher Education Board retired the nickname months in advance of today's deadline because board members predicted they would not get permission from the Standing Rock Tribe. They turned out to be right. Only the Spirit Lake tribe would support its use.
"It's a sad chapter, another one where those in power are saying we don't care what the Sioux Indians want," Ralph Engelstad Arena board member Earl Strinden said.
Strinden believes retiring the nickname goes against what a majority of tribal members wanted.
"A trademark in so many ways, but an identification, it's so valuable. And they recognize that and to lose it, they fear will only mean isolation that is going to be very harmful to their people," Strinden said.
Strinden says he is disappointed there wasn't more of a fight to keep the sioux name. Some UND students feel the same way.
"A lot of the students are really bummed about it. It is a big deal. It seems like they came to that conclusion pretty quick and nobody really expected it," student Logan Evans said.
Today's deadline may have brought closure to the issue for some, but it will take longer for others like Strinden who say there's been an injustice done to the Sioux Indian Nations of North Dakota.
"There is something very sad that is happening here in the name of political correctness, unfortunately," Strinden said.
There are still many questions about what changes will be made to the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Strinden says he hopes the only change will be removing the painted Sioux logo from the middle of the ice.