North Dakota's flagship university dropped its contentious Fighting Sioux nickname for the third time Thursday, and officials expressed hope that the latest retirement — fueled by this week's overwhelming statewide vote — would finally stick.
The move became official when the state Board of Higher Education voted to get rid of the University of North Dakota's moniker and Indian head logo, which had sparked lawsuits and threats of NCAA sanctions.
Residents cast ballots Tuesday in numbers not seen in a primary election for more than five decades, and more than two-thirds favored putting the decades-old dispute to rest by dumping the name.
“It is time to move forward, and I think the voters, the citizens of North Dakota, gave us that permission,” UND President Robert Kelley said Thursday. “It's my goal now to bring everyone back into the house.”