The University of North Dakota has been without an official nickname since 2012, when state residents issued a resounding vote to remove Fighting Sioux from the largest public institution in the state. The nickname, one that existed for 92 years, was deemed offensive and hostile to Native Americans and First Nations people of North America, by the NCAA, school officials and others. Instead of immediately replacing Fighting Sioux with something less controversial, the school has simply been known as North Dakota for the last three years.
However, that is about to change, as the school is weighing new options and released a massive list of 1,200 possibilities. Those proposed nicknames will be whittled done to a few finalists in the coming weeks and a public vote will be conducted to determine the final selection. With 1,200 options, there must be dozens of bizarre, amusing and utterly shocking options, right? Bingo.
The school separated them into two different lists: Consideration and Non-Consideration. The Non-Consideration list contains, as defined by North Dakota, names that fit at least one of the following:
- They are unavailable from a domain name standpoint,
- They cannot be used under NCAA policy or under terms of the 2007 Consent Agreement
- They contain profanity or other inappropriate language.
The Non-Consideration list is both quite entertaining and concerning, including suggestions such as the following, along with dozens of non-PG nicknames:
- Abominable Snowmen
- Angry Yetis
- Eternal Flames
- European Settlers
- Prairie Chickens
- Rough Riders
- Snow Devils
Included in the Consideration list are the following:
- Fighting Farmers
- Flying Aces
- Green Army
- North Stars