Anti-smoking activists clearly have established that equal rights mean nothing to them. Don’t people who smoke have as much of a right to commune in a bar of their choice with other smokers as nonsmokers do with other nonsmokers?
The majority for dropping the nickname exceeded 70 percent in Cass, Burleigh and Grand Forks counties and topped 60 percent in most of the rest. The vote on both reservations was for the story to end. But Archie Fool Bear, nickname champion at Standing Rock, and Eunice Davidson, his counterpart at Spirit Lake, insist they will go on with their campaign for an initiated measure to engrave the nickname in the state Constitution.
North Dakotans signaled Tuesday they’re ready to say goodbye to UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname, overwhelmingly favoring a ballot measure that would allow the university to drop the name. With all 426 precincts reporting complete but unofficial results, the “yes” vote on Measure 4 topped the “no” vote by 67.35 percent to 32.65 percent. The “yes” votes totaled 113,684, the “no” votes 55,114.
As election results rolled in Tuesday night, Grand Forks residents gathered to celebrate victories and mourn losses. One of the more melancholy groups included supporters of the Fighting Sioux nickname. Those in favor of keeping the name received a blow when complete but unofficial results indicated that Measure 4, which allows the nickname to be retired, would pass.
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