State high court hears ‘Fighting Sioux’ case
BISMARCK | North Dakota Supreme Court justices grilled the state Board of Higher Education’s lawyer Thursday afternoon about why the board waited to challenge the Fighting Sioux nickname law in court.
The higher education board is asking the justices to block a vote on a March 2011 state law that requires the University of North Dakota’s sports teams to be called the Fighting Sioux.
Assistant Attorney General Doug Bahr said the state constitution gives the board authority over the nickname.
But Justice Dan Crothers said during arguments Thursday that he wondered why the board was tardy in challenging the law if members thought it was harmful to the university.
The justices did not immediately issue a ruling.