FULL TEXT OF THE MEASURE

IF MATERIAL IS UNDERSCORED, IT IS NEW MATERIAL WHICH IS BEING ADDED. IF MATERIAL IS OVERSTRUCK BY DASHES, THE MATERIAL IS BEING DELETED. IF MATERIAL IS NOT UNDERSCORED OR OVERSTRUCK, THE MATERIAL IS EXISTING LAW THAT IS NOT BEING CHANGED.

SECTION 1. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA ATHLETIC NICKNAME AND LOGO. Neither the state board of higher education nor the university of North Dakota may adopt or implement an athletic nickname or corresponding logo before January 1, 2015.

SECTION 2. REPEAL. Section 15-10-46 of the North Dakota Century Code is repealed.

SECTION 3. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act becomes effective on December 1, 2011

Kibler Brief Position Statement:

I was on the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education when this issue reached a head. Ralph Inglestad, who as a private citizen was using his own wealth to build the new Ice Hockey Arena on the University of North Dakota campus wrote letters to each of us on the Board, telling us that if we voted to end the use of the Fighting Sioux Nickname, he would pull funding and work for the half finished Hockey arena. The State Board completely capitulated. At that time, my position as a Board member was that it was not our business as a Board to dictate what any individual campus decided concerning the nickname of its sport’s teams. That job was the prerogative of the campus community and the campus president. I still believe this, and there is no evidence that either the State Board has the right to override a university president or his campus community’s decision in this regard, any more than there is evidence that the North Dakota State Legislature has a right to override university-level decisions. This ballot measure usurps the authority of campus communities and campus presidents to self-govern. It is simply not the business of our state legislature, which truly must have more pressing matters with which to contend.

One thought on “Initiated Statutory Measure No. 4

  1. If the University of North Dakota cannot use Native American mascots, they should go back to their historic original nickname, Flickertails. It would fit well for their former conference (WCHA) rival Minnesota who are the Golden Gophers. It is a unique nickname that only UND would have.

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