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Published March 17, 2011, 11:45 AM

Dalrymple Signs Fighting Sioux Bill

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the Fighting Sioux bill earlier this week. When asked why the Fighting Sioux signing was not public, Dalrymple spokesman Jeff Zent said it wouldn’t have added anything.

By: Teri Finneman, Forum Communications

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the Fighting Sioux bill earlier this week.

According to legislative records, he signed the bill on Tuesday. 

The governor had a public signing Tuesday of a bill that makes the ladybug the official state insect of North Dakota.

When asked why the Fighting Sioux signing was not public, Dalrymple spokesman Jeff Zent said it wouldn’t have added anything.

“The governor had already announced what his intentions were prior to signing the bill, and he provided a statement,” Zent said.

Many bills are signed in the course of daily business, and there aren’t announcements when all of them are signed, he said.

The ladybug signing was a public event because there was value in it, particularly for the Kenmare second-graders who worked hard to get the bill passed, Zent said.

“It was a great learning experience for them. It seemed like a very worthwhile event to bring to the public’s attention,” he said.

The Fighting Sioux bill states University of North Dakota athletic teams shall be known as the Fighting Sioux. Neither UND nor the state Board of Higher Education may take action to discontinue the use of the nickname or logo.

It requires the attorney general to consider filing a federal antitrust claim against the NCAA if the association takes any action to penalize UND for using the nickname and logo.

The House passed the bill on a 65-28 vote. The Senate passed it on a 28-15 vote.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said last week that he will be visiting with various branches and agencies of government and others involved in the matter before determining the proper legal course to take.

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