Task Force Continues Searching For Fighting Sioux Logo Use After RetirementAt the University of North Dakota a group is trying to figure out if there is a place for the logo and nickname after retirement.
At the University of North Dakota a group is trying to figure out if there is a place for the logo and nickname after retirement.
They are trying to determine if non-athletic uses would be appropriate.
The Traditions and History Task Force at UND has been looking at this issue from all angles. After many surveys, discussions and opinions, one question still remains.
"Do you think we should keep it or do you think we should retire all of it completely?" said committee member Casey Hayden.
The task force at UND has been trying to answer this question. Some say, there are appropriate non-athletic uses for the Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo. Others say,
"The healthiest thing we could do, is just move forward," said Hayden
Its days of being worn on jerseys by UND athletes are coming to an end.
Depending on this committee's recommendation, the logo and nickname could continue on for alumni use, awards and scholarships. This is where it becomes a gray area; gone for one purpose and used for another.
"Too much anymosity will be created if we keep going back and forth on this issue," said Hayden.
"The name. It's just something that was in history. It's shifting," said committee member BJ Rainbow.
The group has also been charged with honoring The Fighting Sioux's place in UND history, and there is a lot of history in 80 years.
"It's important because it's been here for so long. It makes it harder to let go," said Rainbow.
This group of students, faculty and community members will meet over the next year-and-half.
At the end, they will let UND President Robert Kelley know the best way to retire this part of UND history."
"This isn't something every campus can see. This is something as a community we get to embrace and move forward as together," said Hayden.