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Locals React: U of M Wants to Ban "Redskins" Name

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The Washington Redskins are facing more pressure to change its name. This time from the University of Minnesota!

The university wants Redskins removed from the scoreboard, promotional, and game day materials when the Vikings and Washington play at the U of M stadium in November.

Adding, the whole deal with u of m has been blown out of proportion.

Others, especially local native Americans disagree and say allowing name Redskins to be used as a mascot leads to other race related comments.

"I don't think the name itself is derogatory I think the options that come from the name are derogatory and it's just when you see all the racial slurs and comments that can form about the conservatory it kinda opens up your eyes that we are not treated as equals," says Caitlin Johnson, in a North Dakota Native American Tribe.

"I have quite a few Native American friends that are actually redskins fans that actually suppose the name, don't find it offensive, and in my life time I have never heard it used in a derogatory way," says Dana Reiner, a Redskins fan.

For those of us here in the valley, we're well aware of that kind of an argument having gone through the UND Fighting Sioux debate.

One of the Redskin fans I talked with says a name change is inevitable. But, he's hoping that the colors, and the feathers won't have go.




Original Story

The Washington Redskins are facing more pressure to change their name.  This time it's coming from the University of Minnesota.

This fall the Minnesota Vikings will play against the Redskins in the schools' stadium. 

The U of M wants "Redskins" removed from promotional and game day materials including the scoreboard, and PA system.

They can't force the Vikings to act, but a Native American advocacy group plans to do what it can to disrupt the game.  Including planning a protest outside the stadium.

Minnesota Vikings President Lester Bagley says he takes this issue seriously.

However, Bagley says NFL policies and contracts obligate him to market the game as he would any other.
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