Despite vote, UND still plans to drop Sioux name

Posted March 11, 2011, at 6:03 p.m.
Last modified March 11, 2011, at 8:57 p.m.

BISMARCK, N.D. — A University of North Dakota spokesman says the school still plans to drop its Fighting Sioux nickname, even though the Legislature has voted to order the school to keep it.

Peter Johnson says the university intends to follow earlier direction from the Board of Higher Education. He says if the board provides different direction, the board will follow that.

On Friday, the Senate followed a previous vote in the House by requiring UND to drop the nickname and its logo of an American Indian warrior.

The NCAA considers the Fighting Sioux nickname hostile to American Indians and has promised sanctions if the school keeps the name.

School officials worry the dispute will complicate the school’s plans to join the NCAA’s Division I Big Sky Conference next year.