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Published February 28, 2011, 11:23 AM

GOP Leader: Fighting Sioux Bill May Pass Senate

The North Dakota Senate's Republican leader says he's expecting "enormous pressure" on senators to approve legislation to require the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate's Republican leader says he's expecting "enormous pressure" on senators to approve legislation to require the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.

Bismarck Sen. Bob Stenehjem says his opinion now is that the measure will "probably pass" in the Senate.

The Legislature is taking a midsession break. Lawmakers have Monday and Tuesday off before they return to the North Dakota Capitol on Wednesday.

Stenehjem says during the break, he'll be thinking about whether the Fighting Sioux bill will be handled early in the second half of the session.

The bill would require UND to keep its nickname and an American Indian head logo, even though UND wants to drop both of them this summer.

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