GRAND FORKS N.D.
A fund set up to pay legal bills in the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname lawsuit against the NCAA has been exhausted.
The lawsuit ended with a settlement agreement that grants UND three years to either win tribal approval for its nickname and American Indian-head logo or retire them.
The school’s $850,000 legal bill was paid with private donations to the litigation fund managed by the UND Foundation. An official says the fund came up about $1,000 short, but a donor is covering the shortfall.
The NCAA did not release the cost of its defense, but the judge in the case said the trial’s total cost exceeded $2 million.
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