North Dakota lawmakers have approved a bill that requires the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux athletics nickname. The decision could set up a possible clash with the NCAA -- they consider the name "hostile and "abusive" to American Indians.

The university had agreed to drop the nickname as part of a court settlement with the NCAA -- one that many residents disagreed with.

"Overwhelmingly, Native Americans and regular North Dakota citizens ... they said, we don't want the name to go away," Rep. Al Carlston told the Associated Press. "Are we supposed to ignore it, and say, we don't have the authority to do that?"

Lawmakers also directed the state's attorney general to consider an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA if they impose penalties on the university.

Listen to this report from Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes:

Play Audio Clip Listen to audio clip.

Todd Starnes is a Fox News Radio reporter and best-selling author. Click here to join his Facebook and Twitter pages.