Governor: Let U of ND dump Fighting Sioux nickname

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's governor says lawmakers should let the University of North Dakota drop its Fighting Sioux nickname because it's "time to move forward."

The NCAA has said it would sanction the school if it did not drop the nickname and change its logo, which the organization considers offensive to American Indians.

Lawmakers ordered the university eight months ago to keep the nickname, but they are meeting in special session this week to reconsider.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple (DAL'-rim-puhl) said Monday that the fight was worth it, but it's time to end the struggle and avoid harm to student athletes.

Grand Forks Sen. Lonnie Laffen (lah-FEEN') has introduced a bill to get rid of the mandate. A hearing on Laffen's bill is being held later Monday.