The charge of the Task Force on Honoring History and Traditions consists of three parts. Each is described below. More detail will be added as discussion on the work of the task force gets underway.
The task group is asked to provide recommendations on whether or not UND’s current athletic nickname and logo have any possible non-athletic uses for the future.
In order to retain trademark privileges of the nickname and logo, the University will need to periodically demonstrate that it has not abandoned it. It will be important for the task group to become acquainted with these expectations and prepare recommendations on how those expectations can be met.
The NCAA settlement lists its expectations regarding the Ralph Engelstad Arena and UND. The task group should acquaint itself with the settlement and make recommendations on how those expectations can be met.
The task group is asked to provide recommendations concerning the appropriate documentation of the 80 years of usage of the use of the word ”Sioux,” 42 years of the use of “Fighting Sioux,” and the use of a variety of logos.
The usage of some form of the “Sioux” nickname started in 1930. The current logo is only 10 years old but several versions preceded it. The task group is asked to become well acquainted with this history, both the parts that are celebrative and those that have been controversial and highly criticized. The task group is then asked to make recommendations on how this “story” may be appropriately and respectfully documented. These recommendations may include publications, events, and historical displays of artifacts.
The task group is asked to provide recommendations concerning an appropriate way to bring closure to the retirement of the current athletic nickname and logo.
8/10/10 (The second charge was modified in January 2011.)