abc
QUICK LINKS:

Group Wants 'Redskins' Name Kept out of Stadium When they Play Vikings

Updated: 08/28/2014 9:52 PM
Created: 08/28/2014 9:48 PM WDIO.com

A Native American group wants the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Vikings to ban the use of the "Redskins" name when Washington plays the Vikings at TCF Bank stadium in November.

The Minneapolis-based "National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media" held a news conference Thursday outside TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings are leasing the university's stadium for two seasons while their new $ 1 billion stadium is built on the site of the former Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.

The group contends university administrators have been unwilling to meet with them to discuss the issue. They have some state lawmakers on their side. "It's unthinkable that we still have not succeeded in effectively addressing continued use of degrading racial slurs in our publicly-funded sports facilities," Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis) said at a news conference outside TCF Bank Stadium.

In a statement, the university said it considers the Redskins name to be "offensive and inappropriate." However, the university says it cannot regulate expression--even if some find it offensive-- by private parties on its property.

The coalition plans to hold a rally involving "thousands" outside the stadium on game day, Nov. 2.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name, saying it honors Native Americans.

Front Page

  • Justin's 2014-2015 Winter Prediction

    Winter is right around the corner and the question on everybody's mind is will we have a winter like last year.  With record stretches of cold and record snowfall last year is one we one like to forget. Chief meteorologist Justin Liles lets us know what we can expect this year

  • Woman in Douglas Co. Shootout was found Unresponsive in House Fire Day Before

    A 22-year-old Lake Nebagamon woman was hospitalized on Wednesday evening after an armed standoff with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. On Tuesday, authorities say that same woman was found by her neighbors unresponsive and not breathing after they saw flames coming from a downtown Lake Nebagamon home. 

  • Funding for Military Funeral Personnel Restored

    On Thursday, Rep. Rick Nolan received a letter from the Secretary of the Army that funding for the playing of "Taps," a rifle salute, and delivering a folded American flag will be restored.

  • Preparing for Ebola: Health System Working Together

    People who work in the Northland's health system are communicating on a regular basis, to prepare for Ebola, even though it's unlikely to appear here.

  • St. Luke's Honored by American Heart Association

    St. Luke's received three honors from the American Heart Association on Thursday, for their approach and teamwork when taking care of heart and stroke patients.

 

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Ashland
Expires: 10/31/2014 11:00 AM

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Iron
Expires: 10/31/2014 11:00 AM

Lakeshore Flood Advisory

MI AREAS AFFECTED: Alger; Baraga; Gogebic; Houghton; Keweenaw; Marquette; Ontonagon
Expires: 10/31/2014 2:00 PM

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

MI AREAS AFFECTED: Gogebic; Houghton; Keweenaw; Ontonagon; Southern Houghton
Expires: 10/31/2014 12:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement