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Published April 08, 2010, 10:49 AM

Supreme Court Rules Board Has Authority to Change Sioux Nickname

Early this morning the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State Board of Higher Education. The ruling says legally there are no roadblocks to the board changing the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

Early this morning the Supreme Court ruled the State Board of Higher Education has the authority to change the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo at their discretion.

Today's ruling says the North Dakota Supreme Court reaffirmed a decision a district court made in December of last year saying the State Board has the right to change the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo before the original November 30th settlement date with the NCAA.

The court ruled the 8 member Committee For Understanding and Respect that filed the lawsuit are not beneficiaries to the original lawsuit and therefore do not have the authority to force the board to wait on a decision.

The committee's suit said the board is violating the original lawsuit settlement between the NCAA, UND and state board that set November 30th as a deadline before the name will be transitioned.

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