Decision On UND Nickname Delayed Again

From: NBC
by Dave Kolpack

The fate of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname has gone into triple overtime.

North Dakota's Board of Higher Education voted 5-3 last Thursday to delay a decision on retiring the nickname and Indian head logo so the state can find out if it can speed up an appeal to the state Supreme Court by some Spirit Lake Sioux members who sued to keep the moniker and symbol. The board hopes to have an answer in 30 days on the progress of the appeal.

The board is trying to drop the nickname and logo before a November deadline set as part of a settlement with the NCAA, which considers them hostile to American Indians. A state judge ruled last month that the board had the authority to do what it wants, but the Spirit Lake Sioux group appealed to the state's highest court.

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