Tribal group appeals ruling on Fighting Sioux suit

Grand Forks, North Dakota (AP)

A tribal group that’s hoping to save the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname says it will appeal a judge’s decision to throw out its lawsuit against the NCAA.

The suit was filed by members of the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux tribes in North Dakota. It asked for at least $10 million and a reversal of the NCAA policy banning the use of American Indian imagery.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson dismissed the case on May 2. He says the tribal members are not part of the market controlled by the NCAA.

The group filed notice for appeal with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Voters will decide in the June 12 primary election whether UND must continue using the Fighting Sioux moniker.