North Dakota voters won’t see an initiated measure on the ballot this Fall to keep the Fighting Sioux nickname alive. Nickname supporters say they will wait until a December 12th deadline to file the petition packets with the secretary of state. Sean Johnson of the Spirit Lake Committee for Understanding and Respect says the ballot committee chose to several other initiated measures being submitted for voter consideration in November. Johnson says “we did not want our issue grouped in with several of the others which will be up in November.” Johnson tells kKNOX News that the initiated measure is different from the recent referendum in that it preserves the nickname but does not force UND athletic teams to use the name and logo.
In response UND Alumni Association CEO Tim O’keefe says another referendum would be not only ill-advised but a malicious attempt to damage the univeristy.
The group needs 27-thousand signatures to make it on the June 2014 ballot.