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American Indian Movement To Protest At Vikings Game

By Jeff Wald

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota American Indian movement announced Wednesday it’s planning a march downtown Thursday before the Vikings play the Washington Redskins at the Metrodome.

The group also took legal action Wednesday, petitioning the state to look at stopping funding for the new Vikings stadium if the word “Redskins” is going to be used there. Officials with the American Indian Movement said hundreds of people will march through downtown and end up at the Metrodome before the game around 4:30 p.m.

The AIM said that team name is offensive and shouldn’t be mentioned anywhere in a new stadium taxpayers help pay for. That’s part of the reason the march has been planned, which will start down East Franklin Avenue.

The group also recently asked the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to stop saying the name for this game and beyond, with no luck. They said setbacks are nothing new and not stopping them.

If the group has its, way this petition could reach the Minnesota Supreme Court. The MSFA said the ruling on the use of the name is an NFL decision, and they will treat the team the same as all 32 NFL teams do until there is a name change.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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