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Published March 11, 2011, 07:57 PM

ND Attorney General Considering Sioux Bill's Impact

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he'll speak to state agencies about the legal impact of the Legislature's decision to order the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he'll speak to state agencies about the legal impact of the Legislature's decision to order the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.

In a previous lawsuit, Stenehjem has argued the Board of Higher Education has the power to decide whether UND keeps its nickname.

The North Dakota Senate approved a bill Friday that says UND must continue using the nickname and an American Indian head logo.

The Board of Higher Education has told UND to retire the nickname and logo. The retirement is scheduled to take effect in August.

Stenehjem says if Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs the bill, it won't take effect until Aug. 1. He says there's time to decide "the proper legal course to take" in the dispute.

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