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Published January 24, 2011, 10:00 AM

UND Student Senate Votes to Oppose Legislative Effort to Save Nickname and Logo

The UND Student Senate voted Sunday night to oppose the legislative effort to save the Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo. Senators say the opposition is to how the bills are written and not the Sioux logo.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

The UND Student Senate voted Sunday night to oppose the legislative effort to save the Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo. Senators say the opposition is to how the bills are written and not the Sioux logo.

The resolution passed with a 10-8 vote with four members abstaining from voting.

The resolution says North Dakota House Bills 1263, 1208 and 1257 would "only re-ignite the division over the 'Fighting Sioux' nickname and logo and further divides our University, the City of Grand Forks, and the State of North Dakota."

The Senate also says the proposed bills would restrict the authority of the State Board of Higher Education.

The House Education Committee will review all three bills at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Mandan Rep. RaeAnn Kelsch, committee chairwoman, says the hearing will be held in the Capitol's Brynhild Haugland Room. It is the largest hearing room in the Capitol's west wing.

One bill would require UND to keep the Fighting Sioux nickname and says Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem would have to consider suing the NCAA if there's a penalty for keeping the name.

The other two measures say UND must keep the name unless members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe vote to deny permission to use it.

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