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Published November 09, 2011, 04:50 PM

Spirit Lake Committee: Law Reversal Not Stopping NCAA Lawsuit

(WDAZ-TV) - Supporters of the Fighting Sioux nickname on the Spirit Lake Reservation say it's a sad day for the state of North Dakota after Governor Jack Dalrymple signed a law that allowed UND to drop it.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - Supporters of the Fighting Sioux nickname on the Spirit Lake Reservation say it's a sad day for the state of North Dakota after Governor Jack Dalrymple signed a law that allowed UND to drop it.

In a statement released late Wednesday, members of the Committee for Understanding and Respect, which was given authority by the tribal council, say the decision doesn't change their course of action.

"We are still moving forward with out lawsuit against the NCAA and their policy against Native Americans and our Religious Freedoms," according to the release.

"We would like to thank those in the legislature that had the leadership and fortitude to stand their ground and vote in the exact same manner they did a few months ago. You were right then, and are still right today. You can never be wrong representing the will of the people who elected you."

The law passed yesterday in the Senate and today in the House allows UND to shed the 81-year-old nickname.

The measure will satisfy the NCAA request that it drop the name or risk sanctions.

In 2005, the association said the name was hostile and abusive.

The new law says UND cannot adopt a new nickname or logo until January 2015. Its supporters say that gives time for the debate to cool off.

Some information from the Associated Press

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