The New York Times reports today that this issue is back in the news.
The paper states that officials at the University of North Dakota must have thought the long battle over the college’s Fighting Sioux nickname was finally behind them when they reached an agreement last year to retire the mascot. But the North Dakota legislature enacted a law this year that forced the university to keep the nick name.
The new law puts the university in the difficult position of either defying the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which mandated that all American Indian mascots be dropped, or break the new state law.
The Times states: “The legislative debate has reopened wounds over retiring a beloved mascot that has graced hockey jerseys and pennants across the state for years.”