Margo Miller of the University of North Dakota women's hockey team is seen here in a game versus Lindenwood on January 4. UND won the game 14-0.

Fighting Sioux Supporters Running Out of Time


Those who want the University of North Dakota to retain the Fighting Sioux nickname and mascot have just one week left to sign the petition to put the issue to a statewide vote in June.

Reed Soderstrom, an attorney and member of the committee sponsoring the petition, told the Grand Forks Herald the petition has a 50/50 chance.

“It’s going to be close,” he said. “We’re either going to make it by a little or miss it by a little.”

To get the question on the June primary election ballot, the petition has to be filed with the secretary of state by February 7 and have 13,500 valid signatures.

On the other hand, legislators have pretty much given up on keeping the nickname and teams are already switching to UND uniforms. According to a January 3 story by KFYR-TV, key legislators said it was time to move on.

“The transition is going forward and is moving forward, and I think that it’s time to let the University of North Dakota become who they need to become in order to be D1 and fully be D1 and be a member of the Big Sky Conference,” Rep. RaeAnn Kelsch, R-Mandan, told the station.

According to bleacher report, the women’s ice hockey team debuted their new uniforms January 4. A new mascot isn’t supposed to be chosen until 2015. For now the logo is a generic UND design.

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