Posted: Feb 8, 2012 7:33 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Feb 8, 2012 7:33 PM
Source: Associated Press
The president of the University of North Dakota says he doesn't want to break state law so the school is going back to its Fighting Sioux nickname, despite threats from the NCAA. A state law required the school to use the nickname, which has brought complaints its offensive to American Indians. That law was repealed but a group filed petitions demanding the issue be put to a statewide vote. While that process is being hashed out, the state law remains in effect while the secretary of state reviews the signatures on the petition. The NCAA warned using the name could cost the school postseason play. The NCAA asked 19 schools in 2006 to change Indian nicknames and North Dakota is the only school where the issue is in dispute.