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Published August 07, 2012, 01:05 PM

Fighting Sioux supporters to hold off on petitions

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of the University of North Dakota's retired Fighting Sioux nickname say they will wait until December to submit petitions for an initiated measure.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of the University of North Dakota's retired Fighting Sioux nickname say they will wait until December to submit petitions for an initiated measure.

The petitioners faced a midnight deadline on Wednesday to turn in signatures to Secretary of State Al Jaeger in order for the issue to be placed on the November ballot.

The Spirit Lake Committee for Understanding and Respect, and the Fighting Sioux Ballot Measures Committee is proposing a constitutional amendment that says UND's sports teams must always be known as the Fighting Sioux.

Sean Johnson, spokesman for the two groups, says the nickname supporters did not want their issue to be lumped in with other ballot measures in November.

Nickname backers have until Dec. 12 to submit 27,000 signatures in order to make the next ballot.

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