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Published August 17, 2011, 04:24 PM

Strinden: Life Goes On After Sioux Nickname Dispute

One of the staunchest supporters of the University of North Dakota's embattled Fighting Sioux nickname says it's time to move on.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — One of the staunchest supporters of the University of North Dakota's embattled Fighting Sioux nickname says it's time to move on.

Earl Strinden is the former head of the school's Alumni Association. He played a major role in the effort to build support for keeping the nickname. He also testified in favor of a bill to require UND to keep the nickname that the NCAA and many people find offensive.

The NCAA has refused to back down on threatened sanctions, and the state Board of Higher Education has decided to retire the nickname by year's end. Strinden says he's disappointed but life goes on.

UND President Robert Kelley on Tuesday posted a message urging everyone on campus to contribute to "the next chapter."

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