Fighting Sioux nickname is out at University of North Dakota

April 9, 2010
State court says higher-education board had the authority to drop the school's nickname

From The Grand Forks Herald: After a four-year legal battle, a North Dakota Supreme Court ruling and a Board of Higher Education decision have retired for good the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname. The court ruled that the board had the authority to dump the nickname at any time. Subsequently, at the board's regularly scheduled meeting, a motion to reconsider its vote in May to retire the nickname died after nobody seconded it.

MAY 2009....from The Grand Forks Herald: The University of North Dakota must retire its Fighting Sioux nickname and logo starting Oct. 1 unless the university can get not only the blessings of the two namesake tribes, but a 30-year agreement with those tribes, the state's Board of Higher Education has decided. It’s a condition that appears all but impossible given the reality of tribal divisions, the timing of elections on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and the extensive negotiations that would be necessary for such a long-term agreement.

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