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Published May 09, 2011, 03:52 PM

ND Lawmakers Want AG Stenehjem's Opinion on Fighting Sioux Bill

A group of lawmakers want Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to decide whether it's legal for the Legislature to order the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group of lawmakers want Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to decide whether it's legal for the Legislature to order the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo.

The 10 lawmakers sent a letter to Stenehjem on Monday asking for his opinion on the issue.

It was written by Grand Forks Democratic Rep. Lonny Winrich and signed by eight other Democratic lawmakers and Fargo Republican state Rep. Kathy Hawken.

The letter asks whether the bill that orders UND to keep its nickname and logo is unconstitutional, because it interferes with the Board of Higher Education's administrative power.

It also asks whether the Legislature can overturn an agreement between the NCAA and UND that resulted in the decision to drop the nickname and logo.

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