Here are the issues that all UND fans have been UNITED on during this whole nickname debate:
1. All of us UND fans wanted to keep the Fighting Sioux name initially when the "hostile and abusive" list of colleges came out in 2005.
Once the timeline from the settlement for tribal approval passed, many people realized that it was probably in the best interest of UND to retire the name. When comments from the Summit League Commissioner as well as the Big Sky commissioner came out about future and current conference membership came out, even more people jumped on board with retiring the name. When schools like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and a growing list of others changed their policy to not play any games (outside of conference games) against teams with Native American mascots, even more people jumped on board with retiring the name. When the NCAA said that UND could not host post season tournament games on campus, then people realized that that would hurt our programs especially the football team and realized retiring the name was what had to be done.And then when the vote was held to retire the name, the numbers came out 67% in favor or retiring the name. the problem is after all that, there are still people out there that still feel that UND should have sacrificed all and dealt with all the consequences to keep the name.
2. All of us UND fans agree that the process of selecting the new nickname was a complete $hitshow.
We were all pissed about the whole process of narrowing the submitted names down. The selection committee didn't even follow their own basic requirements for selecting a name. Being unique, relate specifically to North Dakota and the region, etc. Fighting Hawks should have been weeded out well before the list was narrowed down to 5 to vote on. But it wasn't. We all agree that this process could have not gone any worse (I guess we could have been Sundogs : ) The 5 names that were finally voted for were less than impressive and (as said many timed) given a list of things to vote on, people will select the most generic one. And we ended up with fighting Hawks.
Fighting Hawks was definitely less than inspiring for a new nickname and certainly many people voted against it (myself included). Most of us can agree that Fighting Hawks is not a great nickname. It is generic, boring, and falls right into the trend of schools that had to change their name of selecting a bird mascot. Even when teh name was announced, the overwhelming majority of the fanbase kind of shrugged their shoulders and said OK.
3. The logo could have been better
With a generic name like Hawks, it was going to be hard to come up with a truly unique logo that people were going to be blown away by. there are hundreds of bird logos out there. So while the fighting Hawks logo is not as generic as those others, initially many people were pretty negative towards it. Even people that now support the Fighting Hawks log and wear it proudly today were less than impressed at the logo when it came out.
*You can see that our fanbase was united throughout this whole nickname and logo debate and selection process. We all were on the same page regarding the whole process. Where it came divided was how we moved on from that. The fanbase became divided into two categories. Those that accepted the reality the Sioux nickname and logo were never coming back and that were going to accept the new nickname and logo even thought the process of selecting both could certainly have been better, and those that refuse to accept any nickname and logo not matter what it was.
So our fanbase is currently divided between those that support the Fighting Hawks name/logo and those that reject the Fighting Hawks name/logo. Now there are many that say "What's the big deal. Let people cheer for whatever name they want. We are all cheering for North Dakota." I admit, I was one of those people. But even I didn't think that this division would be do divisive as it is today. And social media certainly is perpetuating the division.
So the divide is real. And I don't see it going away anytime in the near future. It can be easily solved. Obviously we can't go back top the Fighting Sioux name so the only way to end the division is to unite and support the Fighting Hawks name and logo. So when people say that it's not fair to place blame only on one side, that is not true. The fans that continue to perpetuate the division by constantly ripping on the Fighting Hawks name/logo and refuse to accept the Fighting Sioux name is gone will eb the ones that keep this fanbase from uniting
***NOTE: Sorry for the lengthy post.