State officials argue over Fighting Sioux issue

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The president of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education and the state House majority leader are squabbling over the impending retirement of the University of North Dakota nickname.

Board President Grant Shaft on Monday responded to criticism by Fargo Rep. Al Carlson about the board's decision to have UND to resume the process of dumping the Fighting Sioux nickname.

The board issued the order after a meeting last month with NCAA officials who said they wouldn't budge on sanctions if UND kept the name.

Shaft, of Grand Forks, says Carlson's reaction is "curious" because the North Dakota delegation at the NCAA meeting — including Carlson — agreed on the resolution.

Shaft says Carlson appears to be acting out of political motivation rather than in UND's best interest.