North Dakota to end its battle, drop Fighting Sioux at end of the year

“We have exhausted all avenues, and we are now going to have to retire the nickname.”

--  State Board of Higher Education President Grant Shaft on efforts to keep the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux mascot in the face of NCAA opposition.

(For those who've questioned the North Dakota sanctions in the face of Indian mascot usage elsewhere: "Of 33 NCAA member schools originally identified as needing to drop Native American names and imagery, UND is the last to comply, accept sanctions or gain an exemption by obtaining support from identified namesake tribes.")

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