Protesters to target Washington NFL team name at Thursday Vikings game


In response to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authorities decision to allow the use of the franchise’s nickname, “the Redskins”, the American Indian Movement has planned a march to the Metrodome followed by several speakers and presenters during the November 7 game.

Protesters plan to march from the Ancient Traders Market parking lot on Franklin Ave to the Metrodome around 4:30 p.m. to listen to Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills, as well as other speakers, and drum and dance performances.

On November 5, the University of Minnesota will host a symposium on racism in sports and media in the President’s Room of the Coffman Union.

Protesters allege that the use of the name “Redskins” by a publicly-funded stadium like the Metrodome violates the civil rights of American Indians.

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