Appeal Rejected in Fighting Sioux DisputeThe 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
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.