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Tribal council bans vote on nickname

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council placed a moratorium early in May on any reservation-wide referendum to gauge tribal support for UND's Fighting Sioux nickname.

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In a resolution, the council voted 7-5 to preclude any possibility of the school retaining its long controversial sports nickname, which some consider a symbol of pride and excellence on the athletic field and others call a simplistic stereotype that breeds racism and even violence.

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