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Controversial logo turns up on shirts

An Indian-head logo UND administrators said they wouldn't use, pending a decision on the continued use of the Fighting Sioux nickname, is now reportedly on clothing.

The same Grand Forks sporting goods store that is distributing a logo-bearing brochure of the new Ralph Engelstad Arena, displayed shirts imprinted with a picture of the new hockey arena bearing the UND-owned logo.

A store spokesman said that "to the best of his knowledge" the shirts were not being offered for sale. However, at least one customer reported seeing the shirts on display at the store Thursday evening.

UND has not granted any organization or person permission to use the logo on merchandise, said UND President Charles Kupchella.

He wouldn't say whether UND would force the store to quit using the logo on items promoting the arena.

In a Herald article Friday, Kupchella said UND also hasn't granted Ralph Engelstad Arena Inc. permission to use the logo.

The brochure does include references to the company, but it doesn't mention a publisher or provide copyright information.

Calls to the company Friday were not returned.

UND officials, however, have named Engelstad as the maker of the brochure. The logo is predominantly displayed on the brochure.

The logo was drawn by American Indian artist Bennett Brien.

Grand Forks Herald, Saturday, October 7, 2000