FARGO, N.D. -- Nearly four years after retiring Fighting Sioux mascot following criticism from Native Americans, the University of North Dakota briefly found itself back in the business of selling merchandise with a logo the NCAA had ruled hostile and abusive.Since the story orginates out of Grand Forks, ND. Last time I checked, Peter Johnson's office is in Grand Forks, ND. I guess our buddies from the south have had so much media exposure winning five FCS football championships they forgot where UND was at.
The reason is that a settlement agreement with the NCAA over the nickname required the school to keep the Fighting Sioux trademark, and the school felt the only way to do that was to market the product.
So a limited series of items known as the Dacotah Heritage Collection hit shelves last week. Most of them sold out within hours.
The NCAA in 2005 placed UND on a list of schools with American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots that it found objectionable. UND was the last holdout on that list and filed a lawsuit to keep the name. That suit was settled in October 2007, and one of the terms involved keeping the trademark, UND spokesman Peter Johnson said.
Johnson said the university sold the license to a handful of stores to sell more than 9,000 pieces of merchandise, including more than 1,000 sweatshirts, 3,000 hats and 300 lanyards. Another rollout of limited items will likely take place later this year.