Well it’s official the University of North Dakota, UND athletic teams will no longer be called the Fighting Sioux. For the next three + years the University of North Dakota sports teams will simply be referred to as the University of North Dakota.
Chuck Haga, Grand Forks Herald --- “As of that date, please only refer to our athletic teams as the University of North Dakota and please use the interlocking ND logo as the official logo of the UND Athletics Department,” Sean Johnson, senior associate athletics director, wrote in the email, which was circulated early this morning.
“If you could pass this along to all conference membership, it would be greatly appreciated,” he wrote.
The email went to Bruce McLeod, commissioner of the WCHA, as well as leaders of the Great West, Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences, in which one or more UNDS teams compete.
Johnson was not immediately available for comment on the email or the decision to make Jan. 1 the effective date for asking other schools to stop referring to UND teams as the Fighting Sioux
Here is the official release that UND is sending out to the different conferences. The UND hockey team will continue to wear the uniform with the Fighting Sioux warrior logo on it till sometime in February until new uniforms arrive. s/t to Kevin Pates of Rink and Run
Sean M. Johnson
Senior Associate Athletics Director
University of North Dakota
I would like to give you an update on University of North Dakota athletics and the continued use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
As of January 1, 2012, UND will no longer use either the Fighting Sioux nickname or logo.
As of that date, please only refer to our athletic teams as the University of North Dakota and please use the interlocking ND logo as the official logo of the UND Athletics Department.