- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A University of North Dakota committee has narrowed the list of potential nicknames for the school to 63.

The group went through about 1,200 nickname ideas that were approved by a consultant after a month-long campaign to solicit suggestions from the public. The committee plans to release a short list of finalists for another public vote.

State residents voted overwhelmingly in 2012 to dump UND’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname, which had been in place since the 1930s. The NCAA considered it hostile and abusive, and it failed to get the endorsement of one of the state’s two namesake tribes.

The next committee meeting has not been scheduled.

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