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Governor signs law to let UND drop 'Fighting Sioux' nickname

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a law overturning an attempt by some North Dakota legislators to require that the university keep the controversial nickname. The NCAA had banned the school from hosting postseason tournaments and prohibited players from wearing the uniforms during postseason play.
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Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a law overturning an attempt by some North Dakota legislators to require that the university keep the controversial nickname. The NCAA had banned the school from hosting postseason tournaments and prohibited players from wearing the uniforms during postseason play.

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