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Published April 14, 2010, 08:09 PM

Stenehjem: Board "Squandered" Nickname Retention Opportunity

North Dakota's Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the state Board of Higher Education "squandered" an opportunity to get tribal approval for the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

North Dakota's Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

says the state Board of Higher Education "squandered" an opportunity to get tribal approval for the

University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

Stenehjem had negotiated a settlement with the NCAA that gave

UND and the board three years to get the approval of the two Sioux

tribes in the state.

Stenehjem says he does "not" think they used the

time wisely.

The board is retiring the nickname.

Board member Grant Shaft says he strongly disagrees with

Stenehjem's analysis.

He says efforts to get tribal support were "exhaustive."

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