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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'Fighting Sioux' part deux: Supporters say they have signatures to put issue on ballot
North Dakota voters will likely have to settle the long-running and controversial dispute over the university's nickname and mascot. A group that supports keeping the name say they've turned in 17,000 signatures to the secretary of state's of office, far more than they need to put the issue on a statewide ballot.
'Here come your Fighting Sioux': UND reinstates controversial nickname
The University of North Dakota resurrected the nickname after supporters hoping for a last-minute victory rounded up 17,000 signatures, more than enough to put the issue on the state's ballot.
North Dakota Higher Ed Board challenging Fighting Sioux law in court
The Legislature last year passed a law requiring the University of North Dakota to use the Fighting Sioux nickname. The state Attorney General believes the law is unconstitutional. Now the Board of Higher Education has voted to challenge it with a lawsuit.
University of North Dakota to use 'Fighting Sioux' despite NCAA threats
The move comes after supporters of the controversial nickname filed petitions to put the issue before a statewide vote. The university's president said the school will continue to use the name and logo out of respect for the state's referendum process. The NCAA has told the school it could face sanctions.
N.D. Higher Ed Board likely to order retirement of Fighting Sioux name
Now that the state's voters have authorized the shelving of the University of North Dakota's nickname, the Board of Higher Education is expected to order the school to make that happen. The process was started last winter but was put on hold pending the outcome of Tuesday's vote.
Lawsuit filed to stop public vote regarding UND's Fighting Sioux nickname
The North Dakota Supreme Court is being asked to hear the case. A court spokeswoman told the Associated Press the court has yet to decide whether to take it. Supporters of the nickname filed a petition asking for a public vote.
Supporters of 'Fighting Sioux' nickname close to forcing statewide vote
The Fargo Forum reports petitioners are within 1,000 signatures of the 13,500 needed to put the debate surrounding the University of North Dakota nickname on the November ballot. The deadline to gather and file the signatures is midnight Tuesday.
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