The University of North Dakota is a step closer to getting a new nickname.
The university announced Tuesday the members of a committee that will help narrow down potential nicknames to replace "Fighting Sioux."
That nickname was retired in 2012 after the NCAA called it hostile and abusive.
The aptly named "Nickname Committee" will review names the public submits (that process will be announced soon) and narrow down the suggestions to a "short list" of nicknames – which will be put to a public vote.
The committee is expected to submit the "short list" by early May, the university says.
The 11-member committee includes UND alumnus and Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter, former UND goalie Karl Goehring, United Tribes Technical College President Dr. Leander "Russ" McDonald, and other alumni, as well as current UND students and student-athletes, and professors.
They are expected to hold their first meeting the week of March 9.
The Nickname Committee was established based on a recommendation from a task force appointed by President Robert Kelley back in September. The state Legislature had put a moratorium on picking a new nickname until this year.