Board continues delay on UND nickname dispute

Staff reports
A frosty morning welcomed the members of the State Board of Higher Education to Devils Lake for their February meeting to be held at LRSC. Several individuals from the Spirit Lake Nation both for and against retaining the UND Fighting Sioux nickname hope to meet with the board today to plead their case. Above, a row of frosted trees along Sixth St. near the viaduct.

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education is continuing a delay on whether to get rid of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

Board member Mike Haugen on Thursday pushed for the board to approve changing the nickname. But no board member supported Haugen's move, and the matter was dropped.

Board members had voted earlier to delay a decision on dropping the nickname until a lawsuit on the issue is resolved. The North Dakota Supreme Court is hearing the case March 23.

UND wants to join the Summit League as part of its move to the NCAA's Division I. Summit League officials have said they won't consider UND's application until the nickname issue is settled.