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Published December 23, 2011, 12:37 PM

NCAA Says 'Fighting Sioux' Lawsuit Should be Thrown Out

(AP) — The NCAA says a lawsuit that was sparked by the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname controversy should be thrown out of federal court.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — The NCAA says a lawsuit that was sparked by the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname controversy should be thrown out of federal court.

The suit was filed by members of the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux tribes. It seeks at least $10 million from the NCAA and a reversal of its policy banning use of American Indian imagery.

The North Dakota Legislature agreed to repeal a law requiring the university to keep the nickname and a logo depicting the profile of an American Indian warrior. It took effect this month.

The motion filed Thursday by the NCAA says the tribes lack standing to bring the lawsuit and says their claims are not supported by facts.

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