Posted at: 11/07/2013 10:23 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2013 10:36 PM
By: John Doetkott
Redskins Name Battle Reaches Minnesota
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- On Thursday night, the Minnesota Vikings took on the Washington Redskins, and controversy stirred up well before kickoff.
Native American groups have long rallied against Washington’s offensive nickname, but on Thursday protesters took a different approach to try and create change.
In Minneapolis, hundreds of people gathered at the Metrodome and other locations to protest the continued use of the racially charged nickname.
“I find it disrespectful for Native Americans to still be getting treated this way,” said Kayla Magee, a Native American student at Takoda Prep High School in Minneapolis.
“Our ancestors, they were slaughtered, they were scalped, and we don't want to be remembered by that,” said fellow Native American student Lucille Norris.
But the team's owner has said repeatedly he doesn't want to change the name, which is why protesters took a new approach, calling on the Vikings to drop the logo from the stadium and promotional material.
But of course the Vikings aren't the only ones who need to promote the game.
Torge's Live in Austin is just one of thousands of bars across the country supplied by beer companies with NFL signs and posters.
And with very few sources, managers said it's hard to be picky.
“Anything that we get, it's just a small part of a bigger poster or something like that,” said manager John Hatten. “So it'd be just a matter of cutting out a piece and it really doesn't make much sense to do that for us."
Hatten said his bar will likely follow the same strategy as the Vikings organization: simply wait until change comes from the top.
“I think it's going to have to be an NFL thing or even the government was starting to get involved with it,” Hatten said. “It would have to be something like that for it to even change, or for us to even change it right now."
Although protesters failed to keep the nickname out of the stadium on Thursday, groups said they will renew their efforts to try and get the name banned from the new Vikings stadium if the name still exists in three years