Children and pregnant women at the Spirit Lake and Turtle Mountain Indian reservations in northeastern North Dakota will receive increased home visitation services thanks to a $3.5 million federal grant announced this week.
Diehard supporters of UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname say they continue collecting signatures to force another statewide vote on the issue, but they won’t file the signatures until December — meaning the initiated measure would appear on the ballot in June 2014.
Declaring that the long, contentious fight over UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname appears to be over, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed almost a year ago by six American Indian students at the university.
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.
Fighting Sioux nickname supporters at the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe have signaled they intend to appeal U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson’s dismissal of their lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
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.
Colleen Chaske says battle over nickname ‘wrong and hurtful’ Chaske, a star basketball player at UND in the late 1980s, says in a federal court document that the fight over UND’s nickname “has torn myself and my family apart” and could slow the educational progress of her people.
Spirit Lake group suing NCAA argues against dismissal The Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe's attorney relies heavily on the contested 1969 “naming ceremony” that allegedly gave UND the right to use the Sioux name.
Justices weigh constitutional issues, with ruling likely within weeks After an hour of sometimes intricate legal questioning Thursday, the North Dakota Supreme Court took hold of the long-running and much-contested case of UND's Fighting Sioux nickname. An immediate ruling by the court is not expected but could come within the next week or two.
On the final day of the 35-day period allowed his office to review the petitions and validate signatures, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that the petitions contained more than the required number of valid signatures. Whether the referendum reaches the June 12 ballot, though, could change depending on the outcome of a hearing scheduled before the state Supreme Court in Bismarck on Thursday.
The committee insinuates that it speaks for the Sioux nation, but nothing could be further from the truth. All Sioux Nations with the exception of Spirit Lake have gone on record to oppose the Fighting Sioux nickname.
John Chaske has gone through rough spots in life. He spent time in jail and in treatment for alcoholism. He made it clear in his youth that he didn’t like white people. But he carries himself now like a seasoned diplomat, soft-spoken and gentle but focused on a cause, an elder of his Spirit Lake Sioux tribe. His testimony last year at the Legislature, where he explained why he wanted UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname preserved for the sake of his grandsons, clearly had an impact on some lawmakers.
Eunice Davidson had given no mind to UND and its nickname until her grade-school son strapped on hockey skates many years ago and declared that his dream was to play one day for the Sioux. John Chaske saw his first UND Fighting Sioux hockey game in 2008. As a Spirit Lake elder, he was invited to participate in a tribal flag-raising ceremony at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
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