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Published October 15, 2011, 06:11 PM

GF Lawmaker Says He'll Introduce Bill to Retire Sioux Nickname

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks legislator says he will be the one to introduce a bill in the upcoming special session that should retire the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks legislator says he will be the one to introduce a bill in the upcoming special session that should retire the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

Republican Sen. Lonnie Laffen says the measure would allow the state Board of Higher Education to dump the logo.

Laffen was one of four lawmakers from Grand Forks who voted in favor of a bill requiring the school to keep the nickname.

The first-term legislator says he believes the original bill was a good idea, to see if the NCAA would back down on its sanctions against UND.

Laffen tells the Grand Forks Herald he expects to have a draft of the bill in about a week.

The November special session also will address legislative redistricting and health care.

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