Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 6/13/12
On Tuesday, the state of North Dakota voted to retire the University of North Dakota nickname, the Fighting Sioux. This decision will impact the university in many ways, most notably that UND will no longer have to function under sanctions from the NCAA for having nickname that was deemed “hostile and abusive” in 2005. Those sanctions declared that UND would not be able to host postseason events and prohibited them from wearing or referring to the Fighting Sioux nickname during said events. Several universities like Minnesota and Wisconsin also stated that they would no longer play North Dakota in sporting events so long as they continued using the Fighting Sioux nickname. Normally teams from the Big Ten refusing to play a school in their first year of Division I eligibility doesn’t sound like a big deal, until you remember that hockey is a major sport in the upper Midwest and these colleges normally play each other up to four or five times a year. It also means that they will be able
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