The North Dakota secretary of state approved two petitions Tuesday morning that would allow supporters to gather signatures to put the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname change on a ballot. One petition would simply overturn the decision while another measure would actually include the name in the state's constitution, if approved. The Associated Press points out that supporters need 27,000 signatures by Aug. 8 to get the issue on the November ballot.
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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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
North Dakotans vote to retire Fighting Sioux nickname
Backers of the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux logo may finally have to give up the fight. Residents voted Tuesday to let the university end its use of the nickname. The NCAA has threatened sanctions against the school if its sports teams continue using the name and symbol.
North Dakota Supreme Court OKs public vote on Fighting Sioux nickname
North Dakota Supreme Court justices refused to block a June vote on the University of North Dakota's controversial team name. The NCAA says it will sanction the university if it keeps the nickname, while the Legislature has passed a law requiring the university to keep it.
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.
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