SIOUX FOOTBALL INSIDER Measure 4 Vote
The much anticipated vote on the future of the Fighting Sioux nickname has finally been decided. The people of North Dakota voted overwhelmingly in favor of retiring the nickname with the final voteta... Posted on 6/13/12 at 8:05 AM
You’re thinking — hoping maybe — that the Fighting Sioux nickname debate will finally be resolved with the June 12 vote on Measure 4, or at least in November with a vote on a separate initiated measure to enshrine the nickname in the state Constitution. Take a breath. It may be November, but November of 2014.
Fighting Sioux nickname supporters Wednesday challenged the campaign mounted by the UND Alumni Association and Foundation seeking a “yes” vote on Measure 4 in the June 12 primary election, which would allow UND to retire the name.
While I am neutral/undecided on Measure 4, the fact that the issue even is on the ballot is a symptom of the real problem: failed leadership, even from the usually competent and rational Wayne Stenehjem.
People working to persuade North Dakota voters to allow retirement of UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname next month say they’re encouraged by poll results released today showing their side with an edge among likely voters.
Likely voters cite concern for UND athletics, ‘issue fatigue’ A month before the electoral showdown over UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname, a new statewide poll shows likely voters inclined toward allowing the university to retire the historic name and logo. Of 500 people surveyed who said they are extremely, very or somewhat likely to vote in the June 12 North Dakota primary election, 56 percent said they would vote for Measure 4, which would allow UND to discontinue use of the Fighting Sioux nickname.
After much thought and consideration, the undersigned members of the UND Sioux Booster Board urge North Dakota residents to vote “Yes” on Measure 4 and let the Fighting Sioux nickname be retired with dignity.
So the question came up: When you go to the polls on June 12 to vote in the North Dakota primary election, does it matter what you wear? More specifically, can you wear your favorite UND Fighting Sioux hockey jersey or sweatshirt when you go to vote on Measure 4, the Fighting Sioux nickname question? The answer is a slightly qualified yes, at least in Grand Forks County.
Leaders of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation plan news conferences in Grand Forks and other cities Tuesday to announce a campaign supporting a June 12 ballot measure that would allow UND to retire the Fighting Sioux nickname.
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