Leander (Russ) McDonald was sworn in as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe today in a traditional ceremony conducted by elders and others opposed to Chairman Roger Yankton Sr., but another tribal official said Yankton remained in charge and the attempted takeover was illegal.
A meeting of senior Bureau of Indian Affairs officials and leaders of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe to assess BIA progress in dealing with child protection issues on the reservation has been scheduled for Wednesday, but it is not clear how public that discussion will be.
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.
The Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux tribes "were not and are not indispensable parties" to the 2007 settlement agreement between UND and the NCAA, the association's attorney argued in U.S. District Court here Thursday.
Suit pits Indian nickname supporters against NCAA Encouraged by its victory last month at the North Dakota Supreme Court, the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe goes into federal court this week to face the NCAA directly in the tribe’s effort to preserve use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo at UND.
Sioux Indian supporters of ‘Fighting Sioux’ file response with Supreme Court The North Dakota Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing at 3 p.m. March 15 to hear arguments in a case brought by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, at the request of the State Board of Higher Education, seeking to have a nickname law adopted last spring declared unconstitutional.
American Indian students at UND who have sued the university, the state and top state officials in federal court over the Fighting Sioux nickname have told the court they are encouraged by steps taken to retire the name, but those developments “in no way undermine (their) request for damages based on the defendants’ past conduct.”
Attorneys will come together in a Grand Forks courtroom again Tuesday to spar over whether Fighting Sioux nickname supporters should be able to solicit petition signatures inside Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Nickname supporters lose first round of effort to petition inside the Ralph In denying the request from the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe and others circulating petitions to force statewide votes on the issue, Grand Forks County District Judge Sonja Clapp said she will schedule another hearing in early January to determine whether the petitioners could move inside the arena for future events — including upcoming hockey series with Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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.
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