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Published February 04, 2010, 03:42 PM

Fighting Sioux Nickname Appeal Fast-tracked

Appeal to State Supreme Court will be held in March.

By: David Schwab, AP

Attorneys have agreed on a schedule to speed up the appeal of a lawsuit about when the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education can act on UND's use of the Fighting Sioux nickname.

The lawyers say they'll be ready for North Dakota Supreme Court arguments by March 22.

A group of eight Spirit Lake Sioux tribal members that wants UND to keep the nickname is suing the board to delay any change. They say the Board of Higher Education should wait until November 30th before making any decisions.

North Dakota's attorney general says the appeal will be heard as soon as possible.

Wayne Stenehjem / ND ATTORNEY GENERAL: "And we will have all of the briefs and other documents submitted to the court, and as soon after March 22nd as the court is able to get this onto its schedule."

A district judge threw out the lawsuit and the Spirit Lake tribal members are appealing. The board of higher education has decided to delay any action until the court case is resolved.