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North Dakota voters: University can drop Fighting Sioux name
Evan Trupp of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux tries to keep the puck in a hockey game against the Michigan on April 7, 2011.
June 13th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

North Dakota voters: University can drop Fighting Sioux name

by Jason Hanna, CNN

(CNN) - North Dakota voters have – for now, at least – cleared the way for the University of North Dakota’s athletic teams to drop their controversial Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

North Dakotans voted 60.5% to 39.5% on Tuesday in favor of a referendum measure that essentially gives the school the power to drop the name, which it has sought to do to comply with an NCAA campaign targeting Native American nicknames.

“We are appreciative that voters took the time to listen and to understand the issues and the importance of allowing the university to move forward,” university President Robert O. Kelley said Wednesday.

But a years-long battle over the nickname might not be over, with supporters hoping to force another vote – this time calling for changing the state Constitution to mandate the name’s use – in November.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. CNN Posters Are Full Of Derp

    All about $$$.... if you have a big enough wallet and are willing to cut a big enough check (cough cough Florida State) you can keep your native american mascot without it being offensive. But if you are not willing to pay the bribe, your mascot is deemed offensive and as such is banned by the NCAA.

    June 18, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. raceisamyth

    "Native American" is a nickname. Cherokee, Blackfoot, Apache, Creek, Shaw, Navajo, Massachusett, Chickasaw, Yahi, Sioux, Lakota etc are the names of the "First people". You gotta stop with this native american crap...they walked or migrated here from asia/mongolia and europe during the last ice age.

    June 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      Americas offical language is not English or Spanish and never will be......Tsalagi is Americas offical language.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raceisamyth

    Let me say this...im multiracial. Which includes Cherokee and Blackfoot....and this makes me livid. Leave the mascots before Americans totally forget about us.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |