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Sioux jerseys mean no photo for UND hockey team

Posted: March 11, 2012 - 2:58pm
In this March 22, 2010, file photo, hockey sweaters displaying the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo are displayed in a souvenir shop inside Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. North Dakota's Board of Higher Education voted Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, to sue to try to block a state law requiring the university's athletics teams to be called the Fighting Sioux. The board approved the lawsuit after meeting by telephone with state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who said he was confident the law violates the state Constitution.  AP Photo
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In this March 22, 2010, file photo, hockey sweaters displaying the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo are displayed in a souvenir shop inside Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. North Dakota's Board of Higher Education voted Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, to sue to try to block a state law requiring the university's athletics teams to be called the Fighting Sioux. The board approved the lawsuit after meeting by telephone with state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who said he was confident the law violates the state Constitution.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota's women's hockey team won't have a standard memento from their first appearance in the NCAA hockey tournament.

The team's photo was left out of the tournament program. That's because when the team picture was taken, the women hockey players were wearing Fighting Sioux jerseys.

The NCAA considers the Fighting Sioux nickname and the university's American Indian head logo to be offensive.

UND lost to Minnesota 5-1 in the tournament's quarterfinal round in Minneapolis on Saturday.

UND athletic director Brian Faison (FAY'-zahn) says the team had to make sure the nickname and logo didn't appear on any uniforms or gear.

Faison tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/wznR9G) it was a "shame" the team photo wasn't in the program.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.