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Editorial: State can make case for saving the 'Fighting Sioux'

"Will the NCAA also take a hard line in the matter of the Fighting Sioux nickname at UND?

It might.

But then again, it might not. Maybe North Dakota’s new law enshrining the Fighting Sioux nickname, coupled with the strong support of the Spirit Lake Tribe, will convince the association to relax the terms of its nickname settlement with the state.

So, the question facing nickname supporters is this: What’s the best way to boost the odds that the NCAA will accept the state’s case?

Clearly, the best way is exactly the way the State Board of Higher Education has chosen: Present a united front of state and university officials to make the pro-nickname case.

And the higher-ranking the officials, the better.

“Initial contacts have been made with the NCAA to arrange a meeting over developments in the UND Fighting Sioux nickname debate, a member of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education said Wednesday,” Herald staff writer Chuck Haga reports in today’s Herald.

A face-to-face meeting “could take place by the end of April."

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OUR OPINION: Getting to ‘yes’ with the NCAA (The Grand Forks Herald 3/31)

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