ACLU asks Vikings stadium not to use Redskins name

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Protests against the use of the Redskins name continues, but with no resolution in sight.

The latest in the saga: the American Civil Liberties Union have asked have requested that Minnesota Stadium refrain from using the Washington Redskins name or logo when Washington plays the Minnesota Vikings next month, according to ESPN.

The ACLU of Minnesota made the request today to operators of the Metrodome and media outlets.  Executive director Chuck Samuelson called the Redskins name “offensive and hurtful to Native Americans,” a sentiment that seems to be growing stronger as the weeks go on.

However, it is unlikely the request will be granted. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chief Michele Kelm-Helgen says the agency is contacting concerned people and attorneys, but its power is limited during NFL events.

The Vikings, which host the Redskins on November 7, deferred to the NFL regarding this matter.

According to ESPN, the NFL has not returned messages, and a spokesperson for the Redskins said they would not address the ACLU’s complaint.

Topics: Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins

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