But oh so slowly….
Bismarck, N.D. (AP) The chairman ofNorth Dakota‘s Board of Highereducation says it appears more likely that the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname and logo will be changed.
Richie Smith is responding today to a letter from Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Charles Murphy.
The board wants the nickname issue resolved by the end of this month. Murphy’s letter says the nickname and logo issue isn’t a big priority for his administration.
Murphy also questions the board’s demand for a 30-year agreement to allow U-N-D to use the nickname and logo. He says the tribe is willing to discuss the issue “without deadlines and without stipulations.” Smith says board members want to get the issue resolved. Board member Grant Shaft says he doesn’t think there’s much willingness to extend a decision deadline beyond Dec. 31.
The board is meeting in Minot on Nov. 19, and Smith says the nickname and logo issue is likely to be discussed then.
Murphy was elected tribal chairman last September. He defeated Ron His Horse Is Thunder, who was opposed to the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.