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What nickname did the University of North Dakota decide to retire because of its offensive depiction of Native Americans?

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August 25, 2011 5:36AM

The NCAA, in 2006, placed the University of North Dakota (UND) on a list of 19 schools with American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots it deemed to be "hostile and abusive." UND then filed suit against the NCAA, and in October 2007, a court-imposed settlement required school officials to retire the nickname, "The Fighting Sioux", on Aug. 15, 2011, unless the state's two namesake tribes approved its use.

The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe has endorsed using the nickname and logo, but The Standing Rock Sioux's tribal council refused to change its long-standing opposition.

After a meeting with NCAA President Mark Emmert on August 12, 2011, where Emmert told the state legislators and school officials he would not compromise, state legislators will now do what they can to help UND comply with the ruling.