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Published December 29, 2011, 03:39 PM

Judge Rules Sioux Nickname Supporters Can't Circulate Petitions at REA

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A judge has ruled that officials with the Ralph Engelstad Arena do not have to allow the circulation of petitions aimed at keeping the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname at an upcoming hockey game.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A judge has ruled that officials with the Ralph Engelstad Arena do not have to allow the circulation of petitions aimed at keeping the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname at an upcoming hockey game.

Members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe who back the nickname said they had hoped to be able to circulate their petitions in the arena during a UND hockey series this weekend. Arena officials had said political activity is not allowed at the facility.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Judge Sonja Clapp denied the petitioner's request but scheduled a hearing in January to decide future events.

The school wants to shed its nickname after a dispute with the NCAA, which says the name and the school's logo are offensive to Native Americans.

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