'Fighting Sioux' referendum ban unconstitutional, says tribal attorney
GRAND FORKS, North Dakota: A ban on referendums seeking to eliminate the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname may be unconstitutional, according to Tribal Attorney Brent Kary. Kary stated the legal opinion on December 7, 2009 in response to former tribal leader Tom Iron.
The issues stems from a ban that was passed in 2008 when the Tribal Council voted 7-5 in favor of a moratorium. According to reports, however, the recent tribal election changed some council members, members that are in favor of a referendum and may overturn the ban.