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Published May 09, 2011, 08:59 AM

Board Says Sioux Merchandise Sales to Continue, Directs UND to Stop Nickname Transition

The state Board of Higher Education voted 5-3 today to ratify the chancellor’s recommendation to continue merchandising of Sioux nickname apparel for the 2011-12 season.

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications

BISMARCK – The state Board of Higher Education voted 5-3 today to ratify the chancellor’s recommendation to continue merchandising of Sioux nickname apparel for the 2011-12 season.

The board also voted 7-1 to direct the University of North Dakota to cease transitioning away from the Sioux nickname and logo.

Board President Jon Backes said he expects the board will discuss at its June meeting whether it’s appropriate for the board to challenge the action taken by the Legislature requiring UND to keep the Sioux nickname.

“We have a state law and that state law is presumptively valid until it is determined to be otherwise,” Backes said.

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