Petition seeks ‘Fighting Sioux’ vote –

BISMARCK, N.D. — Is it the return of the Fighting Sioux? Supporters of the University of North Dakota’s nickname turned in more than 17,000 signatures Tuesday night to cap a petition drive to force a statewide vote on a moniker the NCAA says is insulting to American Indians.

Campaign organizers said they had gathered far more than the 13,452 signatures needed to put a question before voters in June.

Reed Soderstrom, chairman of the referendum campaign, said organizers counted 17,213 names. The petitions were delivered to Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office about 10:15 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Jaeger planned to check the count Wednesday. He has 35 days to review the petition and decide whether it is sufficient to qualify for the ballot.

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