The American Indian Movement has been leading the protests in Minnesota leading up to Thursday's Redskins-Vikings game at the Metrodome. USA Today
Fans of the Minnesota Vikings will still attend this Thursday's game against Washington, but many, including Native Americans, will hold a protest of the team's name, the Redskins.
They claim the name is derogatory in nature, harkening back to when the term was used to slander Native Americans. The nickname has been in use for the Washington franchise since the 1920s and the team's owner, Daniel Snyder, has repeatedly said he has no intentions of changing it.
Snyder said the nickname is meant as an honor and that people should be proud to wear the nickname. But many Native American tribes and nations have called for it to be changed for more than a decade now.
Recently, leaders of the Oneida Nation met with NFL executives to discuss the name change, but said they came out of meeting discouraged.
Snyder also recently met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the name.
The Redskins visit the Vikings Thursday night, kickoff is at 8:30 P.M. on the NFL Network.