After Decades of Hand-Wringing, U. of North Dakota Has a New Nickname

The University of North Dakota, at long last, has a new nickname, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

“Fighting Hawks” will replace “Fighting Sioux” as the university’s new moniker, ending a decades-long struggle over whether to discontinue the longtime Sioux mascot, which some students, faculty members, and alumni assailed as racist. Among the forces opposing the nickname’s removal were several lawsuits and, most recently, a former mayor’s effort to trademark the possible replacements.

The new nickname prevailed in a runoff vote after two names — “Fighting Hawks” and “Roughriders” — emerged via popular vote from a field of five.

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