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Fighting Sioux Supporters Running Out of Time

University of North Dakota sports teams have started retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname, some are still fighting to keep it.
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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.