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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota

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A member of the tribal council says the group voted to boycott any business connected to the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian-head image. Jesse Taken Alive, an opponent of the nickname, said the tribal council also voted to condemn the state Board of Higher Education's decision to keep the name. Tribal officials said Jan. 18 they were still putting together the minutes of the council meeting and did not immediately have written copies. Jason Bernhardt, a UND student and the Board of Higher Education's student member, said the council action is unfortunate. Taken Alive said the council also is considering ending its financial support of Standing Rock students who attend UND, but it first would have to give those students time to find other schools. About 40 Standing Rock students now attend UND.

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