STILL FIGHTING We thought the legal and legislative battle over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo was settled last year when 68 percent of North Dakota voters supported dropping the nickname. Apparently not. Supporters of the Fighting Sioux monicker appeared before a three-judge appeals panel in St. Paul, Minn., last week seeking to restore the nickname and logo. Lawyers for the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe's Committee for Understanding and Respect appeared before the Eighth U.S. Court of Appeals, asking that a district court order dismissing their lawsuit against the NCAA be reversed. The NCAA years ago determined that the nickname and logo were "hostile and offensive," and ordered the university to stop using the name or face sanctions. After years of legal wrangling, the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo was officially retired. Let's hope this last-ditch effort is rejected, and the issue can once again be put to rest. Hopefully, this time for good.
CHANGES AHEAD FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT Students in the Minot?Public School District might not start school until Sept. 5 this year, but they also might not finish school until June 6. Construction on the new Erik?Ramstad Middle School is scheduled to be done in August, but the district would need extra time to move everything into the new school being erected on North Hill, which could push back the starting and ending dates for classes for the 2013-14 school year. Such a change would certainly bring with it challenges and adjustments, with some extra-curricular activities like football beginning a couple of weeks before school starts, and the FFA organization heading to its national convention during the last week of school in June. But those changes would be workable, and the district will take everything into consideration, including input from the public at meetings in March, before creating a school calendar for the 2013-14 school year.