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Associated Press, Published April 01 2011

North Dakota, NCAA to meet over Sioux nickname planned

GRAND FORKS — A meeting between state officials and the NCAA will address the University of North Dakota's nickname and logo that the athletics association wants dropped.

Board of Higher Education Vice President Grant Shaft told the Grand Forks Herald that the NCAA president has committed to attend. Shaft said the governor and other state officials, university officials and legislative leaders have been invited to the April 22 meeting in Bismarck.

The Board of Higher Education last year directed UND to drop the Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian head logo, which the NCAA considers hostile to American Indians.

The governor signed a bill passed by the Legislature this year that requires the university to keep them.