Spirit Lake Tribe Loses Appeal on UND Fighting Sioux Mascot

UND Fighting Sioux logo, gone for good?

Spirit Lake Tribe Loses Appeal on UND Fighting Sioux Mascot

A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit by Spirit Lake Nation tribal members to save the University of North Dakota's now-retired Fighting Sioux nickname.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling released yesterday said the suit filed against the NCAA failed to show that the governing body of college athletics “acted with discriminatory intent” when it banned the use of American Indian names and imagery in postseason competition, according to the Associated Press.

Minot, North Dakota, attorney Reed Soderstrom represented the tribal members. He told the Grand Forks Herald that he's not surprised by the ruling and says his efforts to save the nickname are over.

North Dakota voters in June 2012 overwhelmingly endorsed retirement of the nickname. The state has imposed a moratorium on a new nickname until 2015.

For a timeline of events related to the UND Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, which spans decades, click here.

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