Supporters of the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname on the Spirit Lake Nation reservation are pondering their next move. Others say it is time to move on.
“I was kind of in favor of the nickname in the beginning, but it dragged on too long,” said tribal member Flo Dunn. “It was creating hard feelings among families.”
A district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education that sought to prevent the body from retiring the University of North Dakota’s controversial nickname.
Members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe say they’re proud of the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname and they showed it with their votes. State officials say the tribal vote is just one of the factors they must consider.
Results from the tribe’s primary election, announced Wednesday by the tribal election committee, showed 764 votes in favor of UND’s nickname and Indian head logo and 371 against it.
Members of the Spirit Lake tribe are voting on the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname.
The nickname and logo issue is among the items on the Spirit Lake tribal primary ballot. Reservation polls close at 7 p.m.
As members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe prepare to vote on the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, the foundation named for the late Ralph Engelstad says it will live with the tribes’ decision.
The Spirit Lake tribe has scheduled an April vote on the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.
Susie Fox, an assistant to the tribal secretary, said Thursday the nickname will be on the tribal primary election ballot April 21. She said the ballot language has not yet been set.
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