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Published March 15, 2013, 11:11 AM

'Home of the Fighting Sioux' letters for sale

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Ralph Engelstad Arena on the University of North Dakota campus is selling one full set of "Home of the Fighting Sioux" letters from the outside of the building.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Ralph Engelstad Arena on the University of North Dakota campus is selling one full set of "Home of the Fighting Sioux" letters from the outside of the building.

The sale is through an online auction at http://www.theralph.com . It opens Monday and closes on Friday, March 29. Each letter is 2 feet high and the full set is about 70 feet long.

Arena spokesmen Chris Semrau tells the Grand Forks Herald that proceeds from the auction will go to offset the cost of removing six Fighting Sioux signs from the arena and the attached Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The university has retired the Fighting Sioux nickname Sixty-eight percent of North Dakota voters last June voted to drop the nickname deemed "hostile and abusive" by the NCAA.

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