Bill requires UND to keep Fighting Sioux nickname

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House Republican majority leader is introducing legislation that would require the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo.

Fargo Rep. Al Carlson's bill says UND and the Board of Higher Education have to stop plans to drop the nickname and logo.

It says if the NCAA penalizes UND for refusing to drop the nickname, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem must consider filing an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA.

Carlson says he is introducing the bill Monday. Mandan Rep. RaeAnn Kelsch and Tioga Rep. Bob Skarphol have signed on as co-sponsors. No hearing date has been set.

Carlson says he didn't consult UND or the Board of Higher Education. He predicts the bill will be popular with legislators and the public.