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Published June 14, 2011, 05:42 PM

Higher Ed Board Pushing for NCAA Nickname Meeting; Date Not Yet Set

The incoming President of the State Board of Higher Education says the board is trying to set up a meeting between all parties involved with the Fighting Sioux nickname issue. A date just needs to be settled upon.

The incoming President of the State Board of Higher Education says the board is trying to set up a meeting between all parties involved with the Fighting Sioux nickname issue. A date just needs to be settled upon.

Grant Shaft says the board is working to find a date that would work for the NCAA, UND, and the Attorney General.

They're also trying to include House Majority Leader Al Carlson, who sponsored the nickname bill.

Shaft also says there is no current plan for the State Board of Higher Education to sue the state of North Dakota to get the law thrown out.

Shaft says that, for now, there is no way for UND to get rid of the Fighting Sioux nickname.

"We have authority over the University of North Dakota, so it would be unlikely that we would allow that to happen. Our directive has formally been for UND to comply with the new law and they have done so," Shaft said.

The State Board of Higher Education will be getting an update on the nickname and logo issue Wednesday at their meeting in Minot.

Shaft didn't have an anticipated date for the proposed meeting. He said due to recent events like the letter to UND from the Big Sky Conference, the meeting needs to happen as soon as possible.

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