UND president today outlining plan to end Sioux nickname

University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley briefs the campus today at noon about the plan to retire the Fighting Sioux nickname.

The university is ending the Fighting Sioux nickname as part of an agreement with the NCAA.

UND is setting up three task forces. They will be led by university faculty. One is called Honoring History and Traditions.

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That group will recommend ways to document the 80 year history of the nickname, look for ways to continue use of the logo in non-athletic settings,

A second committee will recommend communication strategies for "an inclusive and transparent" transition to a new nickname.

A third committee is going to be activated later and will develop the process for choosing a new nickname.

The Fighting Sioux nickname will not be used for UND athletic teams after August 15, 2011.