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Published June 13, 2012, 05:03 PM

ND Higher Ed Board Expects to Vote on Sioux Nickname

(AP) — The state Board of Higher Education is expected to vote Thursday on whether to direct the University of North Dakota to resume efforts to retire the school's Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — The state Board of Higher Education is expected to vote Thursday on whether to direct the University of North Dakota to resume efforts to retire the school's Fighting Sioux nickname.

State residents voted Tuesday in favor of dumping the contentious nickname and American Indian head logo, which the NCAA considers hostile and abusive.

Board President Grant Shaft, of Grand Forks, says he'll make a request at the start of the meeting in Fargo to add the item to the agenda. Shaft says if the motion passes, UND would be asked to report on its progress at a later date.

The nickname has been retired and unretired on a few occasions. The board in February told UND to resume using the moniker after petitions were approved for Tuesday's ballot measure.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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