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Published February 17, 2012, 03:51 PM

ND Fighting Sioux Lawsuit Begins

(AP) — A lawsuit over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname has been filed with the North Dakota Supreme Court.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — A lawsuit over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname has been filed with the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Assistant attorney general Doug Bahr asked the Supreme Court on Friday to hear the case.

A court spokeswoman says the Supreme Court will decide later whether to take it.

The lawsuit seeks to stop a public vote on a state law that requires the University of North Dakota to use its Fighting Sioux nickname. Nickname supporters have filed referendum petitions asking for a vote.

The Supreme Court is being asked to take the case without requiring a district court judge to first hear the dispute. Usually the Supreme Court hears appeals that have already been reviewed by lower courts.

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