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.
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.
Now that the state's voters have authorized the shelving of the University of North Dakota's nickname, the Board of Higher Education is expected to order the school to make that happen. The process was started last winter but was put on hold pending the outcome of Tuesday's vote.
More ammo for those who say the NCAA is clueless. The University of North Dakota received a championship banner for winning the Division I football title in January. One problem with that. Their biggest rival actually won that game: North Dakota State.
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.
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.
A group of tribal members filed the suit against the NCAA seeking at least $10 million and a reversal of a policy banning the use of American Indian imagery. The Forum reports a U.S. District judge ruled in favor of the NCAA and dismissed the lawsuit.
North Dakota Supreme Court justices refused to block a June vote on the University of North Dakota's controversial team name. The NCAA says it will sanction the university if it keeps the nickname, while the Legislature has passed a law requiring the university to keep it.
North Dakota's secretary of state says petitions have enough signatures to put the controversy over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname on the state ballot in June. But a vote is still not a sure thing. On Thursday the State Board of Higher Education will urge North Dakota's Supreme Court to cancel the referendum.
The University of North Dakota made its debut at the NCAA women's college hockey tournament, but the team doesn't appear in the program because the photo showed the athletes in their Fighting Sioux uniform. "It’s a shame. But it’s something we have to deal with," said UND athletic director Brian Faison.
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.
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.