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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North Dakotans vote to retire Fighting Sioux nickname
Backers of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux logo may finally have to give up the fight. Residents voted Tuesday to let the university end its use of the nickname. The NCAA has threatened sanctions against the school if its sports teams continue using the name and symbol.
UND drops Fighting Sioux moniker
The University of North Dakota, for the third time, dropped the "Fighting Sioux" nickname Thursday. The move became official when the Board of Higher Education voted to remove the nickname and Indian head logo. Petitions are already being circulated to bring the nickname and logo back to life.
Opponents backing out of athletic events against Fighting Sioux
The NCAA has threatened sanctions against the University of North Dakota for keeping its Fighting Sioux nickname. While that threat has not yet led to disappearance of the controversial name, it has prompted several other schools to drop North Dakota from their athletic schedules.
Judge tosses out lawsuit aimed at restoring Fighting Sioux nickname
The judge ruled the lawsuit filed by six University of North Dakota students was rendered moot by this summer's statewide vote to retire the controversial nickname and logo. The judge ruled the nickname dispute has been "consigned to the dust heap of history." Some supporters still hope to file a petition to force another statewide vote.
Fighting Sioux nickname about to disappear
The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux are soon to be without a nickname. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation today allowing UND to remove the nickname, thus opening the door to join the Big Sky Conferences and host NCAA events.
NCAA to UND: Don't bring 'Fighting Sioux' name or logo to playoffs
The University of North Dakota must forfeit postseason play if the school displays the controversial nickname or logo, the NCAA said in a letter to the university provost.
UND could soon drop Fighting Sioux nickname
North Dakota's state Senate supports the removal of UND's Fighting Sioux nickname. State law currently forces UND use the nickname, and they've faced NCAA sanctions because of it. If the new law passes, UND will have to wait three years before choosing a new nickname.
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