Former UND alumni leaders want nickname retired

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Fifteen former presidents of the University of North Dakota Alumni Association and UND Foundation boards have signed a letter saying the school's Fighting Sioux nickname should be retired.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the letter was sent this week to the state Board of Higher Education, and to state lawmakers and officials including the governor.

The letter says most of the former alumni leaders wish that the nickname could be kept but they realize that the lingering dispute will hurt the school's future.

The Legislature this year passed a bill requiring UND to keep the nickname. The NCAA says the moniker is offensive and UND will face sanctions. UND also is likely to have problems joining the Big Sky Conference if it keeps the nickname.