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Published March 01, 2011, 02:15 PM

ND Higher Ed Board Opposing Fighting Sioux Bill

North Dakota's Board of Higher Education is opposing a bill that requires the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education is opposing a bill that requires the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.

The board made its decision Tuesday during a meeting at Bismarck State College. Until now, the board has stayed neutral on the issue.

North Dakota's House has approved a bill that requires UND to keep the nickname. It says the attorney general should sue the NCAA if any penalties result from keeping the name.

The Senate will take up the bill later, and the Senate's Republican majority leader says it may win approval there.

Education board president Jon Backes says the measure could put UND and the state in a lawsuit they're not likely to win. He says the bill doesn't solve UND's nickname problem.

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