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Published August 14, 2011, 09:40 AM

Fans speak out about Sioux Nickname

Grand Forks, ND - The end has come for the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

The end has come for the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. The controversial issue has left some people happy, some upset, and most just ready to move on.

Now, fans and opponents are speaking out about Friday's decision to change the tradition.

Darrell Vanas - Colorado Springs - "I felt a relief. I don't think the Fighting Sioux is a derogatory term."

As a Native American, Vanas doesn't think the nickname and logo are discriminatory. But he does understand the opposition.

Vanas - "It's a never ending battle on what offends me, what offends you."

A battle has finally come to an end. The NCAA is standing firm on its opposition against the Fighting Sioux name and logo, now fans are left wondering "why?"

Glenn Hanson - East Grand Forks - "I thought it brought notoriety to the Indian Nation in a form of higher education. What better could it be?"

But opponents to the nickname are ready for the fight to be over.

Leigh Jeanotte - UND Dir. Of American Indian Student Services - "In my opinion, it's gone on far too long. This should have been settled years ago."

Meagan Millage – Reporting - "The NCAA now says it will consider making changes to its original settlement, especially concerning use of the logo inside the Ralph Engelstad Arena."

Michael Roscher - St. Paul MN - "I mean, I think they should try to preserve as much of it as they can, mostly to honor his legacy as much as the tradition of the University here. But there's also very complex social issues that play that you have to be cognizant of."

Decisions on the new school mascot and the future of the Sioux logos inside the Ralph are still uncertainties. But both fans and opponents agree, it's time to move forward.

Vanas - "Put them aside and let's live together as a group."

UND and the Board of Higher Ed will decide where to go from here.