Editorial: No appetite for 'Fighting Sioux' fight
"In the days after the settlement between UND and the NCAA was announced, the following things could have happened.

Gov. John Hoeven could have stepped forward and said he'd lead a delegation to visit with North Dakota's Sioux tribes. As called for in the settlement, the visits would let state leaders ask tribal leaders to grant UND permission to keep using its Fighting Sioux nickname.

North Dakota's congressional delegation could have signed on, too. Sen. Byron Dorgan's agreement to do this would have been especially meaningful, given that Dorgan chairs the U.S. Senate's Committee on Indian Affairs.

So, lots of things could have happened to show that North Dakotans at large continue to support UND's Fighting Sioux nickname.

But those things didn't happen. Instead, the only sound emanating from North Dakota's business, political and educational leadership has been a vast and echoing silence.

This silence leads us to believe that North Dakota has lost its appetite to continue the nickname fight.

That's why the state Board of Higher Education may be asked to retire the nickname within the next few weeks. It's also why the board should consider voting yes."

Get the Story:
OUR OPINION: Board should consider retiring UND nickname (The Grand Forks Herald 12/2)
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More Opinions:
Harold Larson: Shame on state, UND for backing nickname (The Grand Forks Herald 12/2)
IN THE MAIL: For UND students' sake, find a new nickname (The Grand Forks Herald 12/2)
IN THE MAIL: Approach tribes, but move on if they say no (The Grand Forks Herald 12/1)

Relevant Links:
University of North Dakota - http://www.und.edu
The Ralph - http://www.theralph.com
Fighting Sioux - http://www.fightingsioux.com

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