UND resuming Fighting Sioux merchandise licensing

Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) April 2011

The University of North Dakota is going to keep licensing Fighting Sioux merchandise next year.

North Dakota University System Chancellor Bill Goetz says UND will also be using its Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo during the 2011-12 school year.

UND had been planning to discontinue the nickname and logo in August. The NCAA considers the nickname and logo hostile and abusive, and it says UND will face sanctions if it keeps using them.

But the North Dakota Legislature approved a bill that says UND has to keep the nickname and logo. Goetz says because of that, UND asked to resume merchandise licensing.

UND had stopped approving new merchandise designs last October as part of the university’s plans to quit using the logo and nickname.