North Dakota officials to change school nickname
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State legislators and University of North Dakota officials are preparing to change the school's Fighting Sioux nickname following a meeting at NCAA headquarters.
After spending more than an hour with NCAA President Mark Emmert on Friday in Indianapolis, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the NCAA would not change the settlement agreement that goes into effect Monday. If the school doesn't change its nickname, or get permission to use the name Fighting Sioux from a second tribe, it will be banned from hosting postseason tournaments and using the nickname or logo at NCAA tournaments.
Dalrymple says he will introduce a bill Nov. 7 transferring authority of the nickname and logo back to the school. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a law requiring the school to use its current nickname and logo.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — University of North Dakota president Robert Kelley and four state leaders have arrived at the NCAA headquarters to make their case for keeping the Fighting Sioux nickname.
The group will meet with NCAA President Mark Emmert on Friday afternoon in Indianapolis.
In 2006, the NCAA placed North Dakota on a list of 18 schools with American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots considered "hostile and abusive." In October 2007, a court-imposed settlement of the school's lawsuit required school officials to retire the nickname on Aug. 15, 2011, unless the state's two namesake tribes approved of its use.
One has, the other has not.
Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a law requiring the school to use its current nickname and logo.