Spirit Lake Tribe files lawsuit against the NCAAGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - There is another attempt to save the Fighting Sioux nickname and log. Spirit Lake tribal members are suing the NCAA, in federal court to stop the group from forcing UND to retire the controversial nickname.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
There is another attempt to save the Fighting Sioux nickname and log. Spirit Lake tribal members are suing the NCAA, in federal court to stop the group from forcing UND to retire the controversial nickname.
An attorney for Spirit lake says members voted overwhelmingly in 2009 to allow UND to keep it, and a sacred religious ceremony by Standing Rock tribal leaders in 1969 granted perpetual use of the moniker. A state judge in 2009 threw out a similar lawsuit by a handful of Spirit Lake members.
Archie Fool Bear – Standing Rock Tribe: “The name was given through our sacred ceremonies, one of the ceremonies that you just don't disregard.”
State Higher Education board president Grant Shaft says the lawsuit will not affect board's stance on the nickname and logo, and he says it will not change their direction to retire the name. The Higher Ed Board retired the name before the state stepped in and made it a law that UND keep the Fighting Sioux name.
In a special session that begins next week, that law is expected to be repealed, and the Higher Ed Board again plans to retire the name.
Grant Shaft – Board of Higher Education President: “At this point in time knowing what we know with regard to conference affiliations, scheduling all of those matters. The board has made its position pretty clear.”
The lawsuit may not be heard until the year 2013.