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April 20, 2007
Erdrich says no to mascot
Author Erdrich rejects UND honors over 'Fighting Sioux' nickname
Minnesota author Louise Erdrich has rejected an honorary degree from the University of North Dakota because it continues to use the "Fighting Sioux" team name and logo--a contentious and litigious issue in Grand Forks.
In a letter to university President Charles Kupchella, Erdrich--who has American Indian roots--said that the offer means "a great deal" to her and that she would happily accept, were it not for the logo.
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