September 15, 2013

"Redskins" protest at Packers game

Some football fans not so sure about losing Redskins name

Protesters near Lambeau say it's time for a change

By Patti Zarling
A handful of protestors tucked behind Lambeau Field on Sunday said it’s time for the Washington Redskins to lose what they say is a racist name. The Green Bay Packers hosted the Redskins in their home opener.

Carrying signs saying “Redskins is institutionalized racism,” and “Redskins refer to the scalps of my ancestors,” protesters urged football fans to consider the message behind the name.

“We’d like to see it changed,” protestor Hugh Danforth said. “It’s a racist name. Several TV commentators have said they won’t use the name. Colleges and high schools have changed their team names from Native American names to something else. We need a policy change from the NFL.”
And:Barb Munson of Mosinee, a member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin and of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association's Mascot and Logo Task Force, said earlier that the task force supports removing all race-based stereotypes.

The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin has taken a formal position objecting to the “Redskins” name and logo and will continue to raise that objection, but it had no plans to be part of Sunday’s protest, tribal Business Committee member Brandon Stevens said earlier.

The Oneida tribe is one of the Packers’ major sponsors, with the entry gate on Lambeau Field’s east side named for the Oneida Nation.
Group protests ‘Redskins’ name at Lambeau Field

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