Associated Press, Published April 04 2012
Court's Sioux ruling surprises ND higher ed board presidentBISMARCK — The president of North Dakota's Board of Higher Education says legal arguments against the Fighting Sioux nickname law are still strong.
The law says the University of North Dakota has to use the nickname for its sports teams.
The North Dakota Supreme Court won't decide now whether the law violates the state constitution.
The law is on the June primary ballot, and the justices say voters should decide whether to keep it.
Board of Higher Education President Grant Shaft says if the Fighting Sioux law survives the election, the issue could go back to court. The Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday left that option open.
Shaft says at least three Supreme Court justices may believe the law is unconstitutional, even if they're not willing to rule that way right now.
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