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Published November 25, 2012, 08:54 PM

Fighting Sioux gear is selling like never before in Grand Forks

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- It turns out, Fighting Sioux gear is the hot ticket item this holiday season. Merchandise is flying off shelves at the Sioux shop in Grand Forks, even though UND has retired the nickname.

By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- It turns out, Fighting Sioux gear is the hot ticket item this holiday season. Merchandise is flying off shelves at the Sioux shop in Grand Forks, even though UND has retired the nickname.

Sioux Shop customer, Leland Higginbotham says, "everybody is die hard Fighting Sioux and now that it's gone everybody is trying to keep it alive."

Those are the words of one lifelong University of North Dakota fan. Eager shoppers seem to agree, as Fighting Sioux merchandise is selling like never before.

Sioux Shop manager, Jason Carlson says, "there's people across the country that call in and place an order and they'll say before it's gone I have to have something. It's a part of who they were when they were here."

Kayla stand up: The nickname has been around for nearly 100 years, and fans say they aren't happy with the change.

Sioux Shop customer, Jesse Conley says, "I think it's ridiculous basically. People definitely are upset about the Sioux name going."

Sioux Shop customer, Tyler Haugen says, "It's terrible to change something that's been around for such a long time. There's still going to be thousands and thousands of supporters."

Manufacturers have until next month to stop making products with the Fighting Sioux logo. But that doesn't mean fans will stop endorsing it.

Higginbotham says, "I don't even think you'll see North Dakota jerseys in the Engelstad to be honest with you for a long time."

The new logo will simply include the school's name. The university is prohibited from adopting a different nickname until 2015.

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