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Continued: Dayton, protesters at Metrodome blast Washington nickname

  • Article by: RANDY FURST
  • Last update: November 8, 2013 - 6:58 AM

“Keep the name,” said David Hamiel of St. Paul. “I don’t think this has anything to do with racism.”

However, Ryan Schneider, an Ojibwe from Shakopee who participated in the march, said: “The name is indefensible. It makes Native American kids ashamed of who they are.”

 

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  • Signs spread the marchers’ message Thursday night as they gathered outside the Metrodome to denounce the Washington Redskins for their nickname. The rally started at the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center on E. Franklin Avenue, then headed downtown with 1964 Olympian Billy Mills, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and former Vikings player Joey Browner in their ranks.

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