UND president pleased by logo settlement

Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) October 2012

The University of North Dakota’s president says he’s happy with a new settlement that allows the Ralph Engelstad Arena to keep most of its Fighting Sioux logos.

Robert Kelley says the agreement between the NCAA and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem removes the threat of NCAA sanctions against UND’s athletics teams.

UND dropped the nickname because of complaints that it was offensive to American Indians. But there were still disputes about thousands of Indian-head logos in the Engelstad Arena, where UND plays hockey.

Under the agreement, most of the logos will stay because it would be impractical to remove them. Those that are part of carpeting will be removed when the carpeting is replaced.

The words “Home of the Fighting Sioux” will also be removed from the building’s exterior.