Rink and Run blog: Fighting Sioux Logo, Name to be Retired
Wisconsin defeated Rochester Institute of Technology 8-1 and Boston College stopped Miami of Ohio 7-1 in Thursday's Frozen Four semifinals in Detroit. Also this Fighting Sioux name dispute update from the Grand Forks Herald. As an addition to the story below, it is being reported that for 2010-11, the Fighting Sioux nickname will be used at North Dakota:
MAYVILLE, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux logo and nickname appear headed toward retirement, the president of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education said Thursday.
Richie Smith said the North Dakota Supreme Court's decision earlier today affirming a lower court action clears the way for the board to revert to a decison it made in May 2009 to retire the nickname.
"The action we took in Dickinson stands," Smith said.
He cautioned, however, that another board member still could ask to revisit the issue. The board is meeting at Mayville State University and working primarily through budget and construction issues.
The logo issue had been on the board's agenda at the start of today's meeting, but board member Grant Shaft of Grand Forks merely reported that he was waiting to hear what the state Supreme Court issued for an opinion. That opinion came a few hours later, but board members initially inclined to wait until a meeting later this month or in May to act.
But after a break in the meeting this afternoon, Smith said his reading of the situation is that Chancellor Bill Goetz "will write a letter to (UND President Robert) Kelley and advise him that he can start the transition" away from the logo and nickname.