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Published November 30, 2011, 08:04 PM

Thursday Marks Beginning of End of Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Wednesday was the last day the North Dakota law that requires UND to keep the Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo is in affect.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Wednesday was the last day the North Dakota law that requires UND to keep the Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo is in affect.

UND officials say most of the transition away from the name will happen starting Thursday.

The university is planning to issue a memorandum that tackles some of the questions dealing with the transition away from the nickname.

As the law requiring UND to keep the Fighting Sioux Nickname and logo, UND ends it's retirement begins.

"We will be scrubbing our website of references to Fighting Sioux and the nickname. Most of that happens under athletics, but there are a few other instances out there and we will be hunting those down," UND media relations coordinator Peter Johnson said.

Johnson says they will issue a frequently asked question memorandum about the month-long transition period in the near future.

"That doesn't mean we entirely transition away, there are some things that will happen after December 31st that we can't control," Johnson said.

One example of that is the Sioux logo on the men's hockey jerseys. It's expected to stay through the regular season because the new jerseys without the logo will not be available until February. Retailers can sell the sioux apparel and merchandise as long as they have it on hand.

"We have to honor those contracts, provide at least a 90 day notice that there is a change. So that's going to go beyond the December 31st time period, so they'll get an end time when they can no longer produce apparel and merchandise with the nickname and logo," Johnson said.

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