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'Fighting Sioux' arena contains thousands of logos


The University of North Dakota’s Ralph Engelstad Arena will have to cover up thousands of Indian head logos in order to comply with the NCAA's new policy on Indian mascots.

The arena plans to follow UND's lead in complying with the policy. But the arena's contract prohibits UND from making changes without the arena's consent.

The $100 million arena was a donation from Ralph Engelstad, a wealthy UND alumnus. He was an adamant supporter of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo and said he wouldn't finance the arena if the name was eliminated.

In addition to the thousands of Indian head logos, Engelstad placed a statue of a Sioux warrior on a horse in front of the arena. The statue is said to represent Lakota spiritual leader Sitting Bull.

All of the Sioux tribes in the Plains have passed resolutions against the nickname. David Gipp, president of United Tribes Technical College, said UND needs to be punished for using the name against tribal wishes.

Get the Story:
The Ralph has final say on logos (The Fargo Forum 8/9)
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Tribal college president weighs in on name (The Fargo Forum 8/9)
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FIGHTING SIOUX NICKNAME: Too early for change (The Grand Forks Herald 8/9)
UND football team not happy with NCAA nickname decision (AP 8/8)
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Relevant Links:
University of North Dakota - http://www.und.edu
Fighting Sioux - http://www.fightingsioux.com

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