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UND allowed to keep 'Fighting Sioux' logos at arena on campus

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The University of North Dakota will be allowed to keep Indian head logos at its arena under a new agreement with the NCAA.

The NCAA placed UND on its list of schools with "hostile and abusive" Indian mascots. Through a settlement, UND finally retired the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and the associated Indian head logo after failing to gain approval from both the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

But most of the Indian head logos and other associated Indian imagery at the Ralph Engelstad Arena will be staying put, state attorney general Wayne Stenehjem said. He negotiated a settlement addendum with the NCAA to keep most of the symbols although some furnishings, including carpet, will have to be replaced once they wear out.

UND will still have to remove signs at the arena that mention "Fighting Sioux" as soon as possible. After that happens, the NCAA will remove the school from the "hostile and abusive" list.

Ralph Englestad was a wealthy UND alumnus who was known for throwing parties on Hilter's birthday and for his Nazi memorabilia.

Get the Story:
NCAA's sole concession: Most Fighting Sioux logos can stay at Ralph Engelstad Arena (The Grand Forks Herald 9/27)
New NCAA agreement allows many Fighting Sioux logos to remain in UND hockey, basketball arenas (AP 9/26)

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