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Published November 29, 2010, 09:02 PM

Tuesday Marks Deadline For Tribal Approval of Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo

It was a 2007 lawsuit settlement between NCAA and the state of North Dakota that gave UND the deadline to acquire permission from the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Tribes. The Spirit Lake Tribe has said yes, but the Standing Rock tribe has not given its approval.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Any hope of keeping UND's Fighting Sioux logo and nickname ends Tuesday.

It was a 2007 lawsuit settlement between NCAA and the state of North Dakota that gave UND the deadline to acquire permission from the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Tribes. The Spirit Lake Tribe has said yes, but the Standing Rock tribe has not given its approval.

"On the part of the board I don't think there were any stones left unturned, we engaged the tribes, we looked at the legal end of things. We tried to accommodate league affiliations, we tried to accommodate some of the vote on the reservation for new leadership," North Dakota Board of Higher Education member Grant Shaft said.

There are still some supporters working to get a reservation-wide vote at Standing Rock, but Shaft says even if that approval came, it would probably be too late. After Tuesday's deadline, it would likely take litigation to get the NCAA to reconsider. Shaft doubts that's something the Board of Higher Education, UND and the State would be interested in doing.

"Well, in my view, under the settlement agreement the time frame has past. I don't know if we would have the option to revisit that at this point in time," Shaft said.

Nickname supporter Archie Fool Bear continues to push for a reservation-wide vote. He is seeking legal help to force the Standing Rock Tribal leaders to allow a vote of the people.

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