Attorney says arena is on public land Ralph Engelstad Arena officials wouldn't let backers of petitions putting UND's Fighting Sioux nickname on the ballot be at the arena. The petitioners were directed to a "free speech" area near the book store. Arena officials have said they don't want "political activity" near the arena.
They also say nickname retirement must halt when there are enough signatures The Spirit Lake tribe's Committee for Understanding and Respect said it needs 13,000 signatures by February to put the Fighting Sioux nickname on the ballot. It also needs 27,000 signatures to put the nickname on the ballot as a constitutional amendment.
On the eve of the North Dakota Legislature’s return to the Fighting Sioux nickname debate, the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe has accused UND of failing to respond to its requests for email records concerning the issue.
A day after the Spirit Lake Tribe and allied defenders of UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname filed a federal lawsuit against the NCAA, nickname opponents at Spirit Lake announced they will seek to put the question of a lawsuit to the people of the reservation.
Several Fighting Sioux nickname opponents at the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe have written an open letter to Grant Shaft, president of the State Board of Higher Education, saying they are “embarrassed by the threats our fellow tribal members are making on behalf of the Spirit Lake Nation” over efforts to retire the name and logo.
Democrats in the North Dakota Legislature have urged the president of the State Board of Higher Education to open the meeting scheduled April 22 concerning UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname. The meeting in Bismarck is to involve top NCAA officials, board officers, legislative leaders and the university’s president and athletic director.
From reservation to Washington, D.C., UND prof works to reduce violence against women and children As a tribal prosecutor on the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation, Michelle Parks regularly came face to face with people affected by one of the most vexing problems challenging Indian Country.
Attorney general says SBHE missed chance to get tribes’ blessing to use Sioux nickname North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who sued the NCAA in 2006 on behalf of the State Board of Higher Education, told a Minot audience that he "got them three years of time in which they could attempt to get namesake approval."
Almost $500,000 in federal money has been set aside to help North Dakota track sex offenders and alert the public to changes in their addresses, the state’s congressional delegation announced Thursday.
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