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Published February 06, 2012, 10:23 PM

Sioux nickname supporters ready to turn in petitions

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It appears the fate of the Fighting Sioux nickname will soon be in the voter’s hands. Supporters have already surpassed their goal of Save the Sioux petition signatures. Now, the issue will likely be put to a state-wide vote.

It appears the fate of the Fighting Sioux nickname will soon be in the voter’s hands. Supporters have already surpassed their goal of Save the Sioux petition signatures. Now, the issue will likely be put to a state-wide vote.

Sioux Supporters are expecting hundreds of Sioux fans to come in, and sign on to Save the Sioux in the last and final push for the petition."

Frank Burggraf – Sioux Supporters: "it's third period. You know it's not overtime yet but we are going to push."

You'd think collecting 13,500 signatures would be a struggle, but fans say Sioux pride is powerful.

Frank Burggraf: "I know how special it is to wear that logo, what that logo represents."

Petitions are due tomorrow at midnight. With enough valid signatures, Sioux fans will get their wish: A state-wide vote during the June Primary Election.

Frank Burggraf: "This is a people's rights. Let it bring to the people. I think the people of Fargo by and large understand."

With enough valid signatures the law preventing the use of the Fighting Sioux nickname will be suspended. The Secretary of State has 35 days to check all the signatures.

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