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Published March 31, 2011, 06:18 PM

Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe Hoping to Give Input to NCAA

Some Spirit Lake tribal members are wondering what their role will be in the latest UND Fighting Sioux nickname development. Representatives from the tribe say they feel a little disrespected that they have not been asked to be involved with the NCAA.

Some Spirit Lake tribal members are wondering what their role will be in the latest UND Fighting Sioux Nickname development.

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education is hoping to set up meetings with the NCAA on legislative developments regarding the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

Representatives from the tribe say they feel a little disrespected that they have not been asked to be involved with the NCAA.

The tribe did take a vote on keeping the Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo and it did pass.

Tony Delorme with the Spirit Lake Nation says there were mixed feelings after the vote from the Senate came in, but the tribes and the state are coming together for something they believe in and the tribes could make a difference with the NCAA.

"I think it's very insulting that you go ahead and put this thing through legislation, go to the House, ask the legislators to meet on it, but then again, you don't ask the tribes," said DeLorme.

DeLorme is also a graduate of UND and he says while attending the school he was honored to be there.

He says the Fighting Sioux is a tradition that needs to continue.

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