UND group backs president's call on nickname

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Members of the University of North Dakota's University Senate executive committee are backing President Robert Kelley's call for an end to the dispute over the school's Fighting Sioux nickname.

Kelley last week said the Legislature should rescind a law requiring UND to keep the nickname. The NCAA finds it offensive and says UND will face sanctions if the school continues to use it. UND also is likely to have problems joining the Big Sky Conference if it keeps the nickname.

The University Senate includes faculty, staff, student and administration representatives. It for years has favored retiring the nickname. It opposed the bill in the state Senate earlier this year. The Grand Forks Herald reports that the executive committee has now sent a letter to Kelley backing his request to lawmakers.