Chairman Says Tribe Won't Approve Fighting Sioux

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says tribal officials will continue to oppose North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname even if he loses his re-election bid later this month.

Ron His Horse Is Thunder spoke to the state Board of Higher Education at its meeting Thursday. The board has voted to abolish the name and logo unless its gets support from the state's two Sioux tribes by Oct. 1.

His Horse Is Thunder said the most recent vote by the Standing Rock tribal council was 9-3 against the nickname. He said the result shows the council's position does not depend on whether he stays in office.

The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe voted in April and 67 percent of voters support the nickname and logo.