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Published March 11, 2011, 04:42 PM

NCAA: Fighting Sioux Bill Doesn't Change Policy

An NCAA spokesman says the association's policy on the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo hasn't changed.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An NCAA spokesman says the association's policy on the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo hasn't changed.

The North Dakota Senate on Friday approved a bill that orders UND to keep its nickname and logo. The NCAA considers them hostile and abusive to American Indians.

The NCAA has said if UND keeps the name and logo, the school won't be able to host postseason tournaments. UND athletes also won't be able to wear the name and logo on jerseys during postseason events.

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson says in a statement that the bill "is a state issue, and the NCAA policy remains unchanged."

Some supporters of the UND nickname bill said the legislation might persuade the NCAA to change its policy.

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