Standing Rock Tribal Council Rejects Fighting Sioux Nickname

FORT YATES, N.D.

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 vote Friday 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.”

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com



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