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Tu-Uyen Tran, Grand Forks Herald, Published April 19 2009

Tribe, foundation willing to accept Tuesday's first vote on nickname

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The struggle over the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname and logo on the Spirit Lake reservation has given birth to many arguments, the link to Ralph Engelstad being only one of them.

Both sides are trying to persuade voters in advance of Tuesday’s referendum on the nickname.

If the vote is “yes,” UND would need a “yes” vote at the Standing Rock reservation to keep the nickname, per its settlement with the NCAA.

If the vote is “no,” the nickname issue will likely collapse, as Spirit Lake supporters say they will live with voters’ decision. Both tribes’ approval is needed for the nickname to survive.

The Engelstad Family Foundation, connected with Ralph Engelstad Arena, said in a statement that it will abide by the decision also.

“If the Sioux people of North Dakota don’t want the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo to be used by UND’s athletic programs, we are willing to live with their decision,” the statement said.