Deadline For Second Fighting Sioux Ballot Petition Has Come And Gone

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On the June ballot, North Dakotans shot down a petition that would have kept in place a law requiring the University of North Dakota to keep the “Fighting Sioux” logo and nickname. But backers of that petition, including the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe, vowed to push ahead with signatures they’d already been gathering for a constitutional amendment to keep the name.

But the deadline for that petition has now come and gone, according to Secretary of State Al Jaeger.

I supported the Fighting Sioux issue, and the measure to keep the nickname in statute, but I opposed the constitutional measure. I was apprehensive about enshrining a sports nickname in the state constitution, and after voters shot down the statute I didn’t really think it was appropriate to then ask them about a constitutional amendment.

As frustrating as it is, and for better or worse, North Dakota voters bought into the idea that keeping the nickname would harm UND.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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