UND Student Senate opposing nickname bills

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota Student Senate has voted to oppose efforts in the Legislature to force the university to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian-head logo.

The Student Senate resolution says the three bills only "reignite the division" over the moniker and logo. The Grand Forks Herald reports that the resolution passed Sunday night on a 10-8 vote with four members abstaining from voting.

Legislative committee hearings are scheduled on the bills Wednesday. One requires UND to keep the nickname and says the state would have to consider suing the NCAA if there's a penalty. The NCAA considers the nickname offensive.

The other two measures say UND must keep the nickname unless the Standing Rock Sioux tribe votes to deny permission to use it.