"Fighting Sioux" nickname supporters file signatures for referendum
DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota: The University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname has been the center of controversy for some time. In a settlement between the state and the NCAA, which considers American Indian nicknames offensive, the university has until November 30, 2010 to win the support of both North Dakota Sioux tribes. However, Standing Rock's Tribal Council has refused to allow a referendum on the issue. In mid-February nickname supporters announced they started a petition drive to move the issue to the ballot in Standing Rock. Today, supporters announced they collected a total of 450 signatures. In 2009 Spirit Lake Tribal members voted in favor of retaining the name.