Fighting Sioux nickname supporters make their case to appeals court

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Supporters of the University of North Dakota’s retired nickname made one last push to restore the Fighting Sioux moniker Thursday in front of a three-judge appeals panel in St. Paul, Minn.

The Grand Forks Herald reports ( that lawyers for the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe’s pro nickname Committee for Understanding and Respect asked the Eighth U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a district court order dismissing their lawsuit against the NCAA.

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