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Published December 01, 2010, 05:52 PM

Spirit Lake Tribe Reacts to UND Nickname Retirement

Some members of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe are not happy that the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo are about to be retired at UND.

Some members of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe are not happy that the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo are about to be retired at UND.

In April of 2009, the Tribe held a vote to determine whether or not the people supported the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo at UND.

67% of the tribe voted in favor of keeping the name.

But the NCAA and the State Board of Higher Education consider Tuesday's deadline the end of the issue.

Some members of the Spirit Lake Tribe say it was a sad day.

Members of the Tribal Council wrote letters asking the NCAA to reconsider the settlement, but the issue is settled.

Tony DeLorme is a graduate of UND and a member of the Spirit Lake Tribe.

He says when he went to school there he was honored to be a part of a tradition and anyone who took part in the activities saw the honor that was given to the name "Fighting Sioux."

He says the tribe would have liked to see the issue revisited, but as far as who is to blame, DeLorme says no one person or organization can be singled out.

But some questions can be asked of the NCAA and State Board of Higher Education.

"It wasn't our issue, you made it an issue of ours. We went ahead and voted on it, however, those states, that data, if you will, where did it go," DeLorme said.

DeLorme says he agrees with Archie Fool Bear of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that if the vote would have went to the people of Standing Rock, it would have passed.

Members of the Spirit Lake Tribe are also planning a Take Back the Name Ceremony.

They feel that because the name is being retired, it should be given back to the tribe the same way it was presented to UND.

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