Law signed letting UND drop Fighting Sioux name

Fighting Sioux nickname
Samuel Seaboy, of Mandan, N.D., listens to testimony on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, in the Pioneer Room of the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., about legislation that would allow the University of North Dakota to drop its Fighting Sioux nickname and an American Indian head logo. Seaboy said he opposed the bill.
AP Photo/Dale Wetzel

By DALE WETZEL and AMBER HUNT, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a law allowing the state's flagship university to shed its 81-year-old Fighting Sioux nickname.

The measure signed Wednesday will let the University of North Dakota satisfy an NCAA request that it drop the name or risk sanctions. Lawmakers had passed a law in March requiring the school to keep the name.

The NCAA in 2005 listed the university among a group of schools with objectionable American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots. UND was the only school still fighting the NCAA over the issue.

The new law says UND cannot adopt a new nickname or logo until January 2015. Its supporters say that gives time for the debate to cool off.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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