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Published November 02, 2011, 06:19 PM

Spirit Lake Tribe Divided Over Fighting Sioux Nickname Retirement

(WDAZ-TV) - The Spirit Lake Tribe is divided over the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo issue, and some members of the tribe aren't happy about a federal lawsuit against the NCAA.

(WDAZ-TV) - The Spirit Lake Tribe is divided over the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo issue, and some members of the tribe aren't happy about a federal lawsuit against the NCAA.

Nickname opponents at Spirit Lake are petitioning the authority of the pro-nickname Committee for Understanding and Respect.

Petitions circulating Wednesday question the legitimacy of the tribe's federal lawsuit against the NCAA.

It would have Spirit Lake members vote on whether the authority of the pro-nickname committee should be revoked.

Nickname opponents also want the committee to be ordered to publicly disclose internal and external funding sources.

This all comes just one day after the Spirit Lake Tribe made its announcement about the lawsuit against the NCAA in an effort to resist the transition away from the nickname.

Several members of the tribe drafted the petition after that announcement.

People are circulating 10 copies of the petition.

They need about 330 signatures, which is 20 percent of the total votes cast in the last tribal election.

Some say it is very likely they will have the signatures by the end of the week.

They'll be presented to the Tribal Council and a referendum would follow.

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