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Published October 31, 2009, 04:17 PM

TODAY'S SIOUX NICKNAME DEADLINE IN LIMBO

The State Board of Higher Education received a letter from Standing Rock Sioux tribal chair Charlie Murphy last night addressing today's Fighting Sioux nickname deadline. WDAZ obtained a copy of the letter today.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

The State Board of Higher Education received a letter from Standing Rock Sioux tribal chair Charlie Murphy last night addressing today's Fighting Sioux nickname deadline.WDAZ obtained a copy of the letter today.

The letter does not ask for todays deadline to be extended as the board suggested to the tribe during a phone call yesterday.

Instead it says the tribe wants to have further discussions about the name's future, but without a stipulated arrangement or deadline pressure. The letter says the tribe is clearly divided on the issue and they have more important things that need to be addressed. It goes on to say they're aware of the 30 year use agrement but feel these terms are better discussed rather than stipulated.

State board of higher education member Duaine Espegard says the letter is open ended and is hard to interpret. He says it has put todays deadline in limbo.

Espegard says the board wants to give the tribe every opportunity to vote on the issue, so its likely today's deadline will be put on hold and will be discussed again at the board's next meeting on November 19th.

The Standing Rock tribe has its own council meeting on November 9th. That would be the next time members could discuss the issue.

We'll have more on these developments tonight at six and ten.

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