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Redskins change urged in the name of respect during protest before Broncos game

By: Austin Briggs, The Denver Post
October 28, 2013 Updated: October 28, 2013 at 7:44 am
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photo - DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27:   Mona Roy and other protestors with American Indian Movement of Colorado and Idle No More yell and protest as the bus carrying members of the Washington Redskins football team arrives at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Co on October 27, 2013.  The protestors are against what they perceive as  the "racist" Washington NFL team, and the name of their mascot the Washington Redskins in Denver, Co on October 27, 2013.   (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27: Mona Roy and other protestors with American Indian Movement of Colorado and Idle No More yell and protest as the bus carrying members of the Washington Redskins football team arrives at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Co on October 27, 2013. The protestors are against what they perceive as the "racist" Washington NFL team, and the name of their mascot the Washington Redskins in Denver, Co on October 27, 2013. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post) 

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."

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