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Standing Rock official says ban on Fighting Sioux nickname referendum unconstitutional

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GRAND FORKS -- A moratorium on referendums dealing with UND's Fighting Sioux nickname at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is unconstitutional, Tribal Attorney Brent Kary said.

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The Dec. 7 opinion came at the request of Tom Iron, a former tribal leader and nickname supporter from the tribe.

In May 2008, the Tribal Council had resolved to ban such referendums by a 7-5 vote and an effort this August to undo that moratorium failed 8-7.

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