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Published November 30, 2010, 09:10 PM

Standing Rock Still Pushing for Tribe-Wide Vote

Even though Tuesday is the deadline to get tribal consent, some with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are still fighting.

Even though today is the deadline to get tribal consent, some with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are still fighting.

Archie Fool Bear says it's been a long five years and even though the State Board of Higher Education says it's over, he won't stop pushing for the Sioux Nickname to stay at UND.

Fool Bear says after some in the Standing Rock Tribe became aware that there would not be a vote of the people on whether to support UND's use of the name more than 1000 signatures were given to the tribal council.

He says there was never a public vote allowed and now a judge is being asked to decide whether rights were violated on the reservation.

Fool Bear says some members of the tribe have asked the judge to determine whether or not rights were violated but it is unclear if the ruling will have an effect on the nickname.

"In my mind its far from over. State Board of higher Education stuck us into a fight we didn't want to be in and now we're fighting for it. We want our rights, we want to be heard," explained Fool Bear.

Fool Bear also says that today's deadline was set when UND was pushing to join the Summit League.

He feels now that they've joined the Big Sky League, the nickname should be reconsidered.

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