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Published May 01, 2012, 07:00 PM

UND Alumni Association touring state urging retirement of Sioux nickname

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Add another university to the list of teams not willing to play UND because of its controversial Fighting Sioux nickname. This one close to home - South Dakota State. Today UND's Alumni Association & Foundation is touring the state, pushing to retire the nickname.

Add another university to the list of teams not willing to play UND because of its controversial Fighting Sioux nickname. This one close to home - South Dakota State. Today UND's Alumni Association & Foundation is touring the state, pushing to retire the nickname.

The UND Alumni Association and Foundation is urging the public to vote in favor of Measure 4. UND is currently under NCAA sanctions because of its Fighting Sioux nickname, a name its held for more than 80 years. The association says it’s proud of the nickname, but says the university can't afford to keep it.

CEO Tim O'Keefe says many universities prevent their teams from competing with other teams under NCAA sanctions due to American Indian imagery. The latest is South Dakota State. He also said the sanctions prohibit UND from hosting NCAA championship rounds.

Tim O’Keefe – UND Alumni Association and Foundation: "Our fans, students would then miss out on attending championship events or be forced to spend considerable additional money on what should've been home games. Our athletic venues overtime would have the potential to lose millions of dollars of revenue."

The Fighting Sioux Ballot Measures Committee and Spirit Lake Committee for Understanding and Respect are encouraging voters to vote "no" on Measure 4. They say the NCAA sanctions are minimal and easily managed and the Big Sky conference membership is as intact as it ever was. The Vote is June 12.

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