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Fighting Sioux petitions have enough signatures for referendum in June

North Dakota's secretary of state says petitions have enough signatures to put the controversy over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname on the state ballot in June. But a vote is still not a sure thing. On Thursday the State Board of Higher Education will urge North Dakota's Supreme Court to cancel the referendum.
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North Dakota's secretary of state says petitions have enough signatures to put the controversy over the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname on the state ballot in June. But a vote is still not a sure thing. On Thursday the State Board of Higher Education will urge North Dakota's Supreme Court to cancel the referendum.

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