Sioux Tribe OKs North Dakota Nickname
The University of North Dakota’s athletic teams will continue to be known as the “Fighting Sioux,” for the time being. Tuesday, during an election of tribal officials, members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe voted to approve the university’s current nickname. The state’s Board of Higher Education and the National Collegiate Athletic Association reached a settlement in 2007 that mandates that the university must receive the approval of the two major Sioux tribes – Spirit Lake and Standing Rock – by November 30, 2010 to maintain the nickname. The Associated Press reports that the Standing Rock tribe, whose members have publically opposed the nickname in the past, has no immediate plans to hold a similar vote.