'Fighting Sioux' at Center of Major Dispute

'Fighting Sioux' at Center of Major Dispute

The University of North Dakota women's hockey team is preparing for its first NCAA national tournament appearance amid the utmost of uncertainty, its postseason fate at the moment not hinging on preparation, its opponent or any one star player.

No, the Fighting Sioux's tournament run, which begins Saturday in Minneapolis, could depend solely on university administrators, who must decide whether to risk a forfeit at the hands of the NCAA by allowing their players to take the ice in uniforms bearing their team nickname and logo or break state law, which says the university must use the Fighting Sioux name and logo.

"We've got maybe a thin line to walk, and we have to figure out what that thin line is," said university spokesman Peter Johnson. "We're going to try hard to find a way through that line."

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