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Published November 08, 2011, 05:30 PM

North Dakota Senate to vote on Sioux nickname

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - The North Dakota Senate is expected to vote later today on the Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

The North Dakota Senate is expected to vote later today on the Fighting Sioux nickname. House and Senate committees have both endorsed a bill allowing UND to retire the Sioux name and American Indian head logo. In addition, lawmakers say UND should wait three years before replacing the Fighting Sioux nickname. A proposed amendment says the university can't adopt a new name until January first, 2015.

Representative Rae Ann Kelsch – (R) Mandan: "They can continue to use ND. But it's looking at it as a healing period for both sides because it is such a passionate issue."

The amendment and the bill that repeals the Fighting Sioux law are scheduled to be debated and voted on the Senate floor at 5:30.

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