As they returned from their last-ditch effort to defend “Fighting Sioux” as a beloved, noble and ennobling nickname, the state’s emissaries showed disappointment, frustration and — perhaps most of all — fatigue.
“We have exhausted all avenues,” State Board of Higher Education President Grant Shaft said on Monday, “and we are now going to have to retire the nickname.”
The state board voted unanimously Monday to do just that, approving a motion to have the process “substantially complete” by Dec. 31.
It was clarity that North Dakota sought by sending much of the state’s political and education hierarchy into a meeting in Indianapolis Friday with leaders of the NCAA.
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