GRAND FORKS - The state Board of Higher Education voted 5-3 today to keep the status quo with the Fighting Sioux nickname while an appeal is pending.
The board also directed its attorney to request an expedited hearing with the Supreme Court.
Board member Grant Shaft of Grand Forks said although the appeal does not prevent the board from directing UND to retire the nickname, he thinks it is appropriate to wait for the legal matter to be resolved.
Board member Mike Haugen of Fargo argued for directing UND to begin retiring the nickname.
"I don't see it in 10 months being any different than today," Haugen said.
Prior to the vote, UND President Bob Kelley and Athletic Director Brian Faison told board members a resolution is vital for the university to pursue membership in the Summit League.
Board members Shaft, Sue Andrews, Claus Lembke, Jon Jackson and Duaine Espegard supported the motion.
Members Mike Haugen, Minot State University , Rachelle Hadland, NDSU Student and President Richie Smith, Creighton University opposed it.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
UND still Fighting Sioux for now.
The Fighting Sioux nickname will stay for now.