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Published April 05, 2011, 04:47 PM

ND AG Rejects Opinion Request to Make NCAA Nickname Meeting Public

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he won't weigh in on whether a meeting between North Dakota's Board of Higher Education, state officials and the NCAA should be open to the public.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he won't weigh in on whether a meeting between North Dakota's Board of Higher Education, state officials and the NCAA should be open to the public.

The private meeting is planned April 22 to discuss legislation that requires the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo. The college athletics association considers both to be hostile to American Indians.

The Associated Press asked Stenehjem for a legal opinion on whether the meeting should be public. The attorney general said state law doesn't allow him to make prospective judgments in those cases.

Stenehjem said the meeting hasn't taken place and "there is no violation of the law to address."

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