Governor willing to put rep on nickname committee

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota governor said he is willing to put a representative on a committee that will consider whether to drop Fighting Sioux as the University of North Dakota’s nickname and logo.

Fighting Sioux draws on the name of an American Indian tribe and has been criticized as culturally insensitive.

Gov. John Hoeven said he’d designate a committee representative, but wasn’t asked to do so.

North Dakota’s attorney general said he told Chancellor Bill Goetz of the higher education system that it appears inappropriate for a governor, senator or attorney general to sit on a Board of Higher Education subcommittee.

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