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Another defeat for nickname supporters

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May 30, 2013 at 5:46 am

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit by some tribal members over the University of North Dakota's now-retired Fighting Sioux nickname.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling released Wednesday said the suit filed against the NCAA failed to show that the governing body of college athletics "acted with discriminatory intent" when it banned the use of American Indian names and imagery in postseason competition.

Minot attorney Reed Soderstrom represented the tribal members. He says he's not surprised by the ruling and says his efforts to save the nickname are over.

State voters in June 2012 overwhelmingly endorsed retirement of the nickname. The state has imposed a moratorium on a new nickname until 2015.

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