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Published September 30, 2009, 04:01 PM

Protest Against Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo

About 50 people demonstrated on the UND campus... Holding signs, with short speeches that called for an end to the use of the Sioux name. The Demonstration included current and past UND Native American students.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Tomorrow the North Dakota Higher Ed Board will meet to decide whether to extend the deadline to get tribal approval to use UND's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

Today about 50 people demonstrated on the UND campus... Holding signs, with short speeches that called for an end to the use of the Sioux name.

The Demonstration included current and past UND Native American students.

Some held signs reading UND Sioux logo Equals identity theft. And this is a timely demonstration, since it comes a day before the state board meets to decide whether to extend the October 1st deadline for dropping the nickname and logo. As part of a court agreement with the NCAA, the school has until next November to do so, but the board didn't want to wait. Those fighting the nickname fear the board will now extend the deadline to get the Standing Rock Tribe's permission to use the name.

David Gipp: "We some how in this state, its as though we are in a different world. It's something where we think these things dont affect each and every student indian or not."

Gipp and other American Indian Activists also accuse some Sioux nickname supporters of bribing others to win their approval of the logo.

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