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Published February 22, 2012, 07:08 PM

ND Supreme Court Sets March 2 Deadline for Sioux Lawsuit Responses

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court has set a March 2 deadline for responses in a lawsuit over the state's Fighting Sioux nickname law.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court has set a March 2 deadline for responses in a lawsuit over the state's Fighting Sioux nickname law.

The Board of Higher Education is challenging a law that says the University of North Dakota's sports teams have to be known as the Fighting Sioux.

The board wants the Supreme Court to say the law is unconstitutional. It wants the court to block a June referendum vote on the law.

The court has set a March 2 deadline for responses to the board's lawsuit. The justices have also asked the referendum's sponsoring committee if it wants to respond to the lawsuit. Minot attorney Reed Soderstrom is chairman of the committee.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger is the defendant in the lawsuit.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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