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Associated Press, Published June 16 2011

North Dakota AG talks on Fighting Sioux nickname delayed

MINOT — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has delayed talks with Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on the status of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

Stenehjem intended to meet with the board Thursday during its meeting at Minot State University. The attorney general has to attend a meeting of the state Industrial Commission in Bismarck instead.

Board President Jon Backes (BAH'-kus) says Stenehjem is willing to meet with the board later, and Backes says it could happen in July or August.

North Dakota legislators approved a law earlier this year that requires UND to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname, even though the NCAA considers it hostile to American Indians.

The nickname is causing problems with UND's attempt to join the Big Sky athletics conference.