Protesters greet Redskins at Mile High

3:02 PM, Oct 27, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The Oneida Indian Nation is behind a campaign to change Washington's mascot, and on Sunday dozens of protesters at Sports Authority Field carried signs that read "Change the mascot!"

Members of the tribe say "Redskins" is a racial slur and reflects poorly on the city of Washington, D.C.

"Today we make a statement that we will be idle no more," said Gerald Mountour as he walked with protesters."Today is an uprising."

The group made its way to Sports Authority Field, where the bus carrying the Redskins to the field drove past. Protesters chanted at the bus, "Racist mascot's got to go - hey hey, ho ho!" and "Change the mascot, change the name, Dan Snyder, shame shame shame!"

Snyder, the team's owner, has said previously that he will not change the name.

The issue has been talked about a lot recently, with President Obama even commenting in an interview that he would consider changing the team name if he were owner.

Monycka Snowbird came out to protest with her two daughters.

"There's absolutely no way this isn't a racist issue," said Snowbird, who can remember this issue dating back to her childhood.
The Redskins have had that name since 1932.

"If mainstream America still thinks of us as a mascot, how are they going to take any of our real issues seriously?" Snowbird said.

Still, not everybody agrees with those who showed up at Sports Authority Sunday to protest.

"When I look at the symbol of the Redskins, yeah, it's a very noble character, proud, brave. I don't take the term of redskin as offensive," said Jim Morris, a Redskins fan of four decades who wore a jersey to Sunday's game.

Randy Vanhorn, a Broncos fan, agreed.

"You have the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Braves, and I guess when I think Redskins - you know, I grew up watching the Redskins - and I think it's a pretty cool name," Vanhorn said. "At the same time, if it means something to them, they're out here protesting. They have the right to do that."



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