U Of North Dakota Student President Asks N.D. Citizens To Let Nickname Fight End

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In an open letter addressed Tuesday to “the citizens of the state of North Dakota,” UND’s student body president urged that people allow the university and its students to put the Fighting Sioux nickname controversy behind them.

Kylie Michelle Oversen’s plea was particularly aimed at people seeking to keep the nickname.

“Consider the true implications and consequences that your actions will have on our university,” she wrote. “Please allow us to move on past this issue and to focus on our true mission as an institution of higher education.”

Oversen, a senior in social work from Killdeer, N.D., offered a similar statement Monday when she was asked to comment during a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education. She listened with UND President Robert Kelley as the board, meeting via conference call, asked Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to take the issue to the state Supreme Court.

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