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Published May 14, 2010, 04:24 PM

Standing Rock Supporters Hope For Monday Meeting With Chair

Standing Rock supporters of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname did not get their meeting today with tribal Chairman Charlie Murphy.

Standing Rock supporters of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname did not get their meeting today with tribal Chairman Charlie Murphy.

Instead, they hope to meet with Murphy Monday.

Supporter Tom Iron says his group wants some answers as to what is next for their petition asking the tribal leaders for a public vote on support of UND's use of the nickname.

Chairman Charles Murphy says the 1,004 signatures

on the petition must be certified before the issue is brought to the tribal council for consideration.

The tribe's secretary says certifying them could take months.

The state Board of Higher Education has decided to retire the

nickname, but the issue might be revisited if Standing Rock holds a vote and supports the nickname.

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