Jun 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota''s Supreme Court refused Tuesday to block an election on whether the University of North Dakota should have to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname. The June election will let voters decide whether to keep a North Dakota law that says the school''s sports teams have to be known as the Fighting Sioux. The NCAA considers the name offensive and will penalize the school as long as it keeps the nickname. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner says it is "improper" to "take this matter from the voters of North Dakota." In a prepared statement U-N-D President Robert Kelley says with the decision by the High court it is important that the voters of North Dakota become fully educated about the potential ramifications of their vote in June.