On Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Washington Redskins faced not only the Denver Broncos — but the American Indian Movement as well.
AIM and another American Indian advocacy group, Idle No More, organized a protest to pressure the Washington Redskins to change the team's controversial name.
"Redskins" is under fire as being a racial slur, with prominent sportswriters, civil rights advocates, Indian groups and even President Obama saying the team should consider a name change.
Speaking to a crowd of about 50 protesters at Tivoli Center before their march to Mile High, AIM of Colorado organizer Glenn Morris said the Redskins name is demeaning and conjures the brutal history of American Indian slaughter at the hands of European colonists.
"It's not just about a team mascot," Morris said. "It's about a whole system of racism against us and our kids. This is our homeland. We have the right to demand to be treated with respect."