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Published January 14, 2012, 03:56 PM

Out in the Cold, Nickname Petitioners Show Support at REA

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A judge's ruling has not stopped the effort to collect signatures for two petitions aiming at saving the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A judge's ruling has not stopped the effort to collect signatures for two petitions aiming at saving the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

Petitioners were outside yelling for Sioux fans to come sign the petition. They say the freezing temperature reminded them of why they're fighting for the nickname and logo.

They have one last chance, and it all depends on the number of Sioux fans they can get to sign a piece of paper.

"We need the NCAA to change their minds not just people so whatever hope is left, I'll sign something if there's hope left," said Diana Beaton, who signed the petition.

For some they're signing so their children can cheer on the "Fighting Sioux," for others it's in their blood.

"We're sticking to our guns and we're going to keep going. Once we get it to a vote, we have full confidence that its going to take place," said Spirit Lake Chairman, John Chaske.

Former Hockey Player Frank Burggraf says he can't remember his team any other way.

"As an athlete, it's something we can embrace. For me it's 80 years of tradition that's been apart of The University of North Dakota, its about honor, tradition, pride, respect. Being a champion, and its a part of something that's very special," said former Sioux Hockey player, Frank Burggraf.

"I signed the petition because the Sioux name has been here for a long time and I don't think it's inflammatory or hostile or used in a bad way," said Jim Jamieson, who signed the petition.

Faith is what keeps these fans standing in the cold. They're about halfway to their goal and tonight they hope to get 500 people to sign.

"The people are going to support us, that's my belief," said Chaske.

"You guys want to sign?"

Petitioners say they've always felt as if they were on the same side with the Ralph but tonight they didn't.

They say they do understand their rules and will abide by them.

Whether or not they meet that February deadline for this measure, they will concentrate next on getting the 27,000 signatures they need to by August 8th to get a measure on the November ballot that would ad the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo to the state constitution.

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