Activists protest Redskins nickname before game

8:45 PM, Nov 7, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - More than 700 American Indian activists and supporters marched to the Metrodome to demonstrate against the Washington Redskins' nickname.

The protest and rally was ahead of the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was asked about the Redskins' nickname at a Thursday news conference. He called it "racist" and suggested every member of Congress should boycott the team to put pressure on its owners.

Also Thursday, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak released a statement saying the name disrespects indigenous people.

Six members of the Minneapolis City Council had recently sent a letter to the team's owner and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calling the nickname and team mascot racist. Former Viking Joey Browner and the St. Paul City Council have gone on record pushing team owner Dan Snyder to change the longstanding name.

The D.C. Council also has called on the team to change its name.

Opponents contend the name is a racist slur. President Barack Obama recently said he would "think about changing" the name if he owned the team.

An Oneida Indian Nation radio ad calling for the team to change its name aired in Minneapolis in the run-up to the game.

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