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Published February 04, 2011, 10:50 AM

Fighting Sioux Nickname Preservation

University of North Dakota archivists plan to scour university offices and departments for letters, photographs, documents and artifacts to help preserve the history of the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - University of North Dakota archivists plan to scour university offices and departments for letters, photographs, documents and artifacts to help preserve the history of the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Curt Hanson, the head of UND's Department of Special Collections, says officials also might appeal to the public for materials that could help future researchers understand how the symbols were adopted and used, and the controversy surrounding them.

UND is retiring the nickname under an agreement with the NCAA, which says the moniker is offensive. Officials have been looking at how to retire the name and logo and how to preserve their history. Hanson says assembling a comprehensive archive will take years.

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