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Published October 19, 2011, 10:32 PM

Spirit Lake Nation Shows Support On A Billboard

Pro Fighting Sioux nickname messages went up on an electronic billboard at the intersection of DeMers and Washington on Wednesday.

Pro Fighting Sioux nickname messages went up on an electronic billboard at the intersection of DeMers and Washington on Wednesday.

The messages are being paid for by the Spirit Lake Committee for Understanding and Respect. The committee also has a website set up called savethefightingsioux.com.

The committee believes both the NCAA and the State Board Of Higher Education have ignored and disrespected its wishes to keep the name and logo.

Spirit Lake spokesman Frank Black Cloud says the billboard is meant to educatem, and that the website has received a tremendous amount of support.

He says the billboard will stay up until they win the fight to keep the Fighting Sioux name.

Also today, the Committee issued a statement to "clarify any misunderstanding" about the 2009 Tribal vote in support of the Fighting Sioux nickname.

Sixty-seven percent of the 1,135 people who voted then were in favor of UND keeping the name.

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