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Published October 20, 2009, 06:38 PM

STANDING ROCK MEETS; DOESN'T DISCUSS NICKNAME

The new Standing Rock Tribal council and chairman met today in Fort Yates. But there was no discussion of a public vote on UND's use of the Fighing Sioux Nickname and Logo.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

The new Standing Rock Tribal council and chairman met today in Fort Yates.

But there was no discussion of a public vote on UND's use of the Fighing Sioux Nickname and Logo.

And it's the council's only scheduled meeting before the State Board of Higher Education's extended October 31st deadline.

The Standing Rock tribe must ask for a deadline extension by October 31st to hold a vote, or the Fighting Sioux Nickname will be phased out at that time.

Today was the tribe's first business meeting, and the nickname was not discussed.

The State Board of Higher Education extended the Fighting Sioux nickname deadline to October 31st and will extend it again to November 30th... but only if the tribal council requests it.

UND must have namesake tribal approval to use the nickname.

The Standing Rock tribal council would have to request the date be extended to November 30th and show proof it will have a public vote on the nickname with the possibility of a binding 30-year agreement if that vote passes.

Council member Jesse Taken Alive says it wasn't talked about today, and the tribe's next meeting isn't until after October 31st.

Watch WDAZ news at 10 for more on the story.

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