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Workers begin removing sign reading 'Home of the Fighting Sioux' from UND arena

Monday, 10.22.2012 / 11:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Workers are removing the Fighting Sioux sign from outside North Dakota's hockey arena after a years-long fight with the NCAA.

Large white letters reading "Home of the Fighting Sioux" were being taken down Monday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.

It's one of six signs that must be removed under an agreement with the NCAA in a decades-old controversy about whether the school's nickname and logo were insensitive to local American Indian tribes. The logo depicts an American Indian warrior.

Arena spokesman Chris Semrau tells The Grand Forks Herald that removing the sign will take most of the week. It'll be replaced next month with one reading "Home of North Dakota Hockey."

But many other harder-to-remove logos will remain, including a 10-foot sketch in the hockey arena's granite floor.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday