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Published May 29, 2013, 03:17 PM

Spirit Lake committee defeated in last attempt to save Fighting Sioux nickname

The Spirit Lake committee's last effort to save Fighting Sioux nickname has failed. After the long, contentious fight over UND's nickname, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a lower court's judgment against the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe in its effort to save the nickname.

The Spirit Lake committee's last effort to save Fighting Sioux nickname has failed. After the long, contentious fight over UND's nickname, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a lower court's judgment against the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe in its effort to save the nickname.

The court upheld the ruling that the tribe lacked standing to sue the NCAA over its policy discouraging the use of American Indian names. The appeals court also discounted the committee's primary contention that Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux elders authorized use of the name by UND in a 1969 ceremony.

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