Fighting Sioux lawsuit to be heard by federal appeals court in February

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A three-judge appeals panel has scheduled a Feb. 14 hearing in St. Paul, Minn., on a lawsuit over the University of North Dakota’s retired Fighting Sioux nickname.

A judge last May dismissed the lawsuit filed against the NCAA by nickname supporters at the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux reservations. They claimed they were not included in discussions when the NCAA and the state negotiated a settlement to retire the nickname.