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Published June 13, 2012, 05:38 PM

Residents in Reservation County Voted Against Sioux Name

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — Residents in the North Dakota county that encompasses most of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation finally had their say on the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: Associated Press,

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — Residents in the North Dakota county that encompasses most of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation finally had their say on the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

They want it gone.

State voters decided overwhelmingly Tuesday to dump the controversial nickname and Indian head logo deemed hostile and abusive by the NCAA. Sixty-seven percent voted "yes" on a measure to retire the moniker.

Nickname supporters have long complained about the Standing Rock Tribal Council's refusal to hold a reservation-wide vote on the issue. The end result Tuesday in Sioux County was a 184-159 vote to dump the name.

A spokesman for the group that collected petitions for the ballot measure says the reservation town of Fort Yates carried the "yes" vote, and rural residents favored keeping the name.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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