6 UND Indian Students File Federal Lawsuit Over Fighting Sioux Nickname

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Six American Indian students at the University of North Dakota say they've filed a federal lawsuit over the school's Fighting Sioux nickname.

The complaint alleges that a new law requiring the school to keep the nickname violates the state constitution and reverses a court-ordered settlement between UND and the NCAA.

The suit names Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, the state of North Dakota, the state Board of Higher Education and UND.

The Legislature passed a bill requiring UND to keep the nickname even though the school had begun efforts to retire it. The NCAA says the moniker is offensive and the school will face sanctions if it remains.

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