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Standing Rock council rejects Fighting Sioux nickname

Fort Yates, North Dakota (AP) 11-07

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council has voted to reaffirm its
opposition to the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux
nickname and logo, a council member says.

The tribal council's mid-November vote was 8-1, but two members chose not
to vote and six others were absent, council member David Bird said.

A settlement between UND and the NCAA gives UND three years to lobby
for support of the nickname and logo among the state's Sioux tribes.
If it does not get that support, the nickname and logo will be
retired.

UND spokesman Peter Johnson said he had not seen latest Standing Rock
tribal resolution and would not comment on the vote without reviewing
it.

"We're looking forward to having conversations with both the Standing
Rock Sioux tribe and the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe," Johnson said. "I
personally hope there will be some very positive results - mutually
beneficial results - regardless of what happens."
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