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North Dakota voters overwhelmingly reject ‘Fighting Sioux’ nickname

North Dakota voters overwhelmingly reject ‘Fighting Sioux’ nickname

Voters in North Dakota delivered a strong rebuke of their state university’s divisive “Fighting Sioux” nickname on Tuesday, voting more than two-to-one to allow for it to be phased out.

The move could lead to a further review of such American Indian-themed mascots — including from pro sports teams like the Washington Redskins.

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Redskins fans may want to keep an eye on North Dakota tonight

Washington Redskins fans who treasure their team’s nickname may want to cast their eyes westward tonight as North Dakotans vote on whether to preserve their team’s own divisive mascot.
The North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey team. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Measure 4 in North Dakota is one of the most significant developments in the decades-long controversy over American Indian mascots used by colleges and pro sports teams.

The University of North Dakota’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname — which has long been controversial but now risks financial and competitive sanctions from the NCAA — will face a rare public referendum in what has been a lengthy and ongoing process.

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