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Different school, same debate

The former chancellor of the North Dakota University System is in the middle of another debate over American Indian nicknames. Robert Potts, now chancellor for Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, appointed a committee this week to recommend what...

The former chancellor of the North Dakota University System is in the middle of another debate over American Indian nicknames.

Robert Potts, now chancellor for Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, appointed a committee this week to recommend what the campus should do with its mascot, the Indians.

Like the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, the Arkansas school's nickname has been deemed "hostile and abusive" by the NCAA.

While Potts was chancellor in North Dakota, the state Board of Higher Education authorized UND to file appeals with the NCAA and proceed with a lawsuit.

Potts said his experiences in North Dakota are helping him lead Arkansas State to a solution.

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"It's an emotional issue here, too," Potts said.

For more on this story, read Thursday's Forum.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

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