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Published May 14, 2009, 03:10 PM

Board advocates dumping UND nickname, logo

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education is moving to dump the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian head logo. The vote was 8-0 on Thursday. The process will start by Oct. 1. The board's action says it should be finished by Aug. 1, 2010.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education is moving to dump the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian head logo.

The vote was 8-0 on Thursday. The process will start by Oct. 1. The board's action says it should be finished by Aug. 1, 2010.

Board member Grant Shaft advocated the move Thursday during a board meeting in Dickinson. He said the move may help the University of North Dakota get into the Summit League for athletics.

Shaft is chairman of a committee that has been reviewing the logo and nickname issue. He said UND's athletic director is intensely interested in joining the league. North Dakota State University also is a member.

The board's action says UND could keep the nickname and logo only if North Dakota's Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Sioux tribes endorse them and agree to let UND keep them for at least 30 years.

Tribal officials say that is not likely to happen. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder, who supports getting rid of the nickname, said the Tribal Council has backed him.

His Horse Is Thunder and most of Standing Rock's Tribal Council is up for election later this year. His Horse Is Thunder said he is expecting opposition from nickname and logo supporters.

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