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Published October 13, 2011, 09:22 PM

Spirit Lake Committee Vows 'Severe' Consequences if Sioux Name Use Discontinued

One day after President Kelley urged the state to let UND retire the Fighting Sioux nickname, the Spirit Lake Sioux Nation lashes out.

One day after President Kelley urged the state to let UND retire the Fighting Sioux nickname, the Spirit Lake Sioux Nation lashes out.

The tribe says everyone who continues to act against its name by removing the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo should expect consequences far more severe than any sanctions UND claims it will suffer by keeping the name.

The statement from the tribe's Committee for Understanding takes Higher Ed Board President Grant Shaft to task for suggesting he believed Notre Dame's recent decision to affiliate with Hockey East - and not the N-C-H-C - was due in part to the ongoing nickname fight.

The tribe cites College Hockey News, which says it was the NCHC who chose not to admit Notre Dame due to an existing television contract.

The tribe says "the taxpayers of North Dakota deserve better from their leaders, who unfortunately appear to want to twist anything in their assault against our name."

"We cannot trust their word on any of the supposed sanctions our name may bring UND, especially in light of the statement made by Mr. Shaft."

Grant Shaft disagrees, saying the board has a considerable amount of credibility in the nickname debate and for the tribe to base its full opinion of the higher ed board on this one issue is baseless.

Shaft also says he thinks any school would consider UND's continued use of name and might choose not to schedule regular season competition if it isn't eliminated.

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