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Published October 31, 2011, 10:40 AM

Spirit Lake Committee Plans 'Major' Announcement on Plans to Keep Sioux Nickname

FORT TOTTEN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Spirit Lake Nation, one of two tribes the University of North Dakota needed to approve the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, says it plans to make a 'major' announcement on the next step in their efforts to preserve the use of the name and logo by UND.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

FORT TOTTEN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The Spirit Lake Nation, one of two tribes the University of North Dakota needed to approve the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, says it plans to make a 'major' announcement on the next step in their efforts to preserve the use of the name and logo by UND.

The tribe's Committee for Understanding and Respect says they'll make the announcement tomorrow, November 1, at 10:00 a.m. at the tribe's headquarters conference room.

Earlier this month, one day after President Kelley urged the state to let UND retire the Fighting Sioux nickname, the tribe lashed out, saying anyone who continues to act against its name by removing the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo should expect consequences far more severe than any sanctions UND claims it will suffer by keeping the name.

The tribe says "the taxpayers of North Dakota deserve better from their leaders, who unfortunately appear to want to twist anything in their assault against our name."

"We cannot trust their word on any of the supposed sanctions our name may bring UND, especially in light of the statement made by (board of higher education president Grant) Shaft."

Shaft disagreed, saying the board has a considerable amount of credibility in the nickname debate and for the tribe to base its full opinion of the higher ed board on this one issue is baseless.

Shaft also says he thinks any school would consider UND's continued use of the name and might choose not to schedule regular season competition if it isn't eliminated.

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