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North Dakota judge won't rule today on Fighting Sioux nickname suit

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North Dakota judge won't rule today on Fighting Sioux nickname suit
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DEVILS LAKE - North Dakota District Judge Michael Sturdevant will not rule today on a lawsuit filed by University of North Dakota nickname supporters who want the North Dakota Board of Higher Education to give more time for a deal to be worked out between the college and the state's Sioux tribes.

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Fighting Sioux nickname supporters from the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation argue that the board must abide by the timeline agreed to in the state's settlement with the NCAA, which says UND has until Nov. 30 to win approval of both the state's Sioux tribes if it's to keep the nickname.

The NCAA considers the nickname "hostile and abusive."

Sturdevant said today he'd have a written ruling on the matter before Christmas.

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