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Published April 08, 2010, 10:56 AM

Appeal Rejected in Fighting Sioux Dispute

The North Dakota Supreme Court today rejected an appeal seeking a delay in the decision over the future of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday

rejected an appeal seeking a delay in the decision over the future

of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname.

The justices in their ruling said the state Board of Higher

Education has the authority to change the nickname before a Nov. 30

deadline set in a settlement agreement with the NCAA.

A group of eight Spirit Lake Sioux tribal members who support

the nickname wanted the courts to bar any decision before Nov. 30.

Under the settlement with the NCAA, the Higher Education board

and UND agreed to begin retiring the nickname if they couldn't

obtain permission from the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux

tribes by Nov. 30. They have not been able to garner support from

Standing Rock.

Higher ed board president Richie Smith told The Associated Press

Thursday that the board will probably need time to read the ruling

before taking any action.

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