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It might be time to say goodbye to the “Fighting Sioux” moniker


The University of North Dakota will be looking for a new nickname for their sports teams.

Voters in North Dakota chose to retire the Fighting Sioux moniker the university’s sports teams have had for year by a 67.35 percent to 32.65 percent margin according to the Grand Forks Herald.

The Fighting Sioux name has come under fire in recent years thanks to the NCAA looking to move away from “hostile and abusive” nicknames and mascots for schools. North Dakota’s men’s hockey team fought hard to keep the name, but the NCAA and member conferences in other sports put the squeeze on the university by threatening to ban the school from playoffs because of the name.

University president Robert Kelley sounds resigned to giving up the name in a statement after the vote.

We are appreciative that voters took the time to listen and to understand the issues and the importance of allowing the University to move forward.  We also understand how deeply this has affected all of us.

Tuesday’s vote allows us to focus our attention on our students as we continue to build exceptional programs in all areas of the University.  We appreciate the support that has been expressed for the University of North Dakota over the past several weeks, and especially for UND Athletics.  It is support that will continue to be important as we build a great future for the University and for UND Athletics.

We will continue to work with the State Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota University System, and the leadership in athletics as we move forward.

The school has fought hard to keep the name and while they’ve been respectful of the Sioux name, it appears change is coming for North Dakota.

(h/t Jennifer Conway on UND statement)

North Dakota saying goodbye to Fighting Sioux nickname

NCAA Fighting Sioux Meeting

There have been discussion, negotiations, and even lawsuits over the last few years revolving around the University of North Dakota and their Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. Finally, there is some action to go along with all of the talk.

The school is now taking significant steps to transition away from the Fighting Sioux nickname/logo—a process that will be “substantially completed” by December 31, 2011. The hockey team will continue to wear the same jerseys until February when the new jerseys are available, but around campus the school will take steps to remove the logo and nickname from just about all visible locations.

According to the University, the school is aiming for “several key values” while they transition the nickname and logo. They say they want to show respect, take care, provide inclusiveness, and show transparency as they make the move away from the Fighting Sioux.

That’s politically correct speak for “we’re going to do it and try really hard to not upset anyone in the process.”

After expunging the Fighting Sioux from the campus, the next step will be to settle on a new nickname for the university. It’s a process that the school isn’t even allowed to start working on until January 2012; and it’s a process that won’t be completed overnight. According to the school, “the law stipulates that neither UND nor the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education may adopt a new nickname or logo before January 2015.” Until then, the school will just be known as the University of North Dakota and will use their interlocking ND logo as their primary logo.

It’s been a long time coming, but the Fighting Sioux nickname is finally on its death bed. For anyone that wants jerseys or memorabilia that will soon be “vintage,” you have a couple of months before their licensed dealers will be prohibited from selling merchandise with the Fighting Sioux logo.

At least the fans will still be able to wear whatever they want to games.

PHT’s Morning Skate: Dan Carcillo used to be an altar boy

Left Wing Dan Carcillo
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

You know what they say about those kids who went to parochial school, they either turn out to be hockey bloggers (like yours truly) or hockey tough guys like Dan Carcillo. (CSNChicago.com)

Speaking of Carcillo, he and Patrick Kane are having a mustache battle for Movember. Methinks this won’t bode well for baby face Kane. Call us when the mullet battle goes down. (ESPN Chicago)

Teemu Selanne tore his team a new one after their OT loss to Washington. When Teemu roars, you’d better listen. (OC Register)

Dominik Hasek is 46 years-old and he still wants to keep playing hockey. Who does he think he is, Chris Chelios? (NHL.com)

Mike Fisher has been cleared to play for Nashville after getting rung up by Francois Beauchemin. Resume your duties Nashville paparazzi. (Tennessean)

The Ilya Kovalchuk at right wing experiment lasted less than one game. Maybe they could’ve told him it was like left wing, just in reverse? (Fire & Ice)

Corey Perry is getting his number retired… By his junior team the London Knights. (Ducks)

Nathan Horton says he doesn’t feel like himself. He also says it’s not concussion-related. Hmm… (CSNNE.com)

Evander Kane is playing great in Winnipeg and silencing the critics. Wait, there are critics in Winnipeg? (Winnipeg Sun)

Chris Clark is getting a tryout with the AHL Bruins after missing out with Boston in training camp. (CSNNE.com)

Andy Sutton says it’ll take more than a suspension to change how he plays the game. He would know, he’s an expert in suspensions by now. (Edmonton Journal)

Peter Regin is finally seeing a finish line in his injury recover for Ottawa. Sadly, it’s about six weeks away. (Senators Extra)

College hockey: If you thought the battle over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname was over, you were sorely mistaken and haven’t been paying attention to this saga. (USCHO)

Finally, Lauri Korpikoski proves that you don’t need balance at all to be able to score a goal. (NHL)