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Associated Press, Published January 26 2011

UPDATED: Sioux tribe officials fight in North Dakota House over UND nickname

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Spirit Lake Sioux tribal member says a majority of North Dakota Sioux tribal members want the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname.

John Chaske says the North Dakota Board of Higher Education has been looking for a reason to drop the name.

The North Dakota House's Education Committee is considering three bills aimed at keeping the nickname. They're being taken up almost six years after the NCAA declared the name was hostile to American Indians.

Two bills say UND has to keep the name unless the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says UND can't use it anymore. The third just says UND must keep the name.

Chaske says the only thing hostile about the debate is how Sioux supporters of the nickname have been treated.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.