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Published April 09, 2010, 09:50 PM

UND Indian Students Fear Backlash

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Some American Indian students at the University of North Dakota say they are happy about the retirement of the school's Fighting Sioux nickname but are worried about retaliation.

BJ Rainbow, a UND senior who has ties to the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock tribes, says it's the start of a new era. He is hoping for a peaceful transition but says that might not be realistic.

Rainbow says school officials have promised increased security around the office of American Indian Student Services. He says it was a "normal Friday" around the center, except for an appearance by UND President Robert Kelley.

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