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North Dakota Gov. Repeals Bill Mandating Fighting Sioux Nickname Remain
Published November 10, 2011
BACK & FORTH: The GRAND FOLKS HERALD’s Haga notes the State Board of Higher Education, “anticipating this week's action by the Legislature, directed UND to prepare for a transition away from Fighting Sioux, a transition that the board said should be substantially completed by Dec. 31.” UND Exec Associate VP for University Relations Peter Johnson said the university "had a plan in place" for how to handle the various licensing and merchandising arrangements involving Fighting Sioux gear. But Johnson said "that was disrupted" when the Legislature passed a law requiring UND to keep using the nickname. He said under that plan, "basically there would be no more production of clothing or other items after a certain date." Johnson: "But that plan became moot when the Legislature took its action in the spring" (GRAND FOLKS HERALD, 11/10).