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Published November 17, 2011, 12:10 PM

ND Higher Ed Board Seeks Update on Nickname Lawsuits at Next Meeting

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — The retirement of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname is looming, and the issue remains high on the agenda of higher education leaders.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — The retirement of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname is looming, and the issue remains high on the agenda of higher education leaders.

The state Board of Higher Education said Thursday it wants Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to appear at next month's board meeting to talk about various lawsuits involving the moniker.

The Legislature last week voted in special session to overturn a law that required UND to keep the nickname deemed by the NCAA to be hostile and abusive.

Board President Grant Shaft of Grand Forks says the board doesn't need to act on the repeal, but believes it will be helpful for the board to hear from Stenehjem.

Some Spirit Lake Sioux tribal members said Wednesday they're planning a ballot measure to keep the nickname.

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