By Tim Nelson
Native American groups and supporters say the construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium offers a chance to put new pressure on the NFL to rethink the Washington Redskins name and logo.
Opponents, however, aren't appealing directly to the NFL, the Vikings or the Redskins. Instead, they want the state board building Minnesota's new stadium to ban the word Redskins on publicly owned signs or address systems at the new facility as well as one last time in the Metrodome when Washington plays here Nov 7.
"There are literally a score of federal, state, county, municipal laws in effect that all prohibit the offensive R word, just like the N word, from being used in an environment where the public assembles," said Alan Yelsey, an activist who helped make the request to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
By Associated Press
“The NFL has very specific rules about what happens when teams play in our facility, and that’s what we’re looking at with the NFL and our attorneys,” she said. “At this point, I’m not even sure what our options would be.”
Stadium authority spokeswoman Jenn Hathaway said the board may have a formal response next week.
For information on the protest, which will occur on Thursday, November 7, visit the event's Facebook page. You can also follow related developments from the Facebook page for AIM of Twin Cities & AIM Patrol of Minneapolis.
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Here's why Indians and other activists oppose mascots: "Washington Redskins fan Dave Lysinger poses for photographers in the parking lot of FedEx Field before an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013." (Matt Slocum/AP)