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Poll shows majority favor retiring 'Fighting Sioux'

People working to persuade North Dakota voters to allow retirement of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname next month say they’re encouraged by poll results released Wednesday. But leaders of the effort to require UND to keep the historic name and logo vow they will continue the fight through to a June 12 vote.
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People working to persuade North Dakota voters to allow retirement of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname next month say they’re encouraged by poll results released Wednesday. But leaders of the effort to require UND to keep the historic name and logo vow they will continue the fight through to a June 12 vote.

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