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SDSU joining growing number of schools to snub UND over 'Fighting Sioux' mascot

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The leader of University of North Dakota's alumni says South Dakota State has joined a growing number of schools that won't schedule UND in athletics until the controversy over its Fighting Sioux nickname is resolved.

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UND Alumni Association and Foundation CEO Tim O'Keefe was in Fargo on Tuesday morning to kick off a campaign to get rid of the nickname. O'Keefe says the issue is no longer about preference, but the price the school will pay if it keeps the moniker.

O'Keefe says SDSU won't schedule any more athletic contests with UND until the Grand Forks school is "in good standing." SDSU officials were not immediately available for comment.

O'Keefe's group is seeking support for Measure 4, which would retire the nickname if voters approve the June ballot measure.

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