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Sports Facility Authority confirms it won’t block Washington football team’s name and logo at the Dome

American Indian groups  and the ACLU have asked officials to refrain from using the team nickname in the Dome during the Washington-Minnesota game.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority confirmed Friday that it won’t block the use of the Washington professional football team’s name and logo at the Metrodome during the Nov. 7 game between Washington and the Minnesota Vikings.

Representatives of the American Indian Movement and the ACLU had asked the authority and the Vikings to block use of the name, which they consider offensive and derogatory.

At their meeting this morning, Sports Facilities Authority officials again said they lack the authority to ban the name and logo at the Dome.

In a plea to block the usage, Charles Samuelson, executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, had said:

The name, logo and mascot are racist imagery that does not honor anyone, but instead perpetuate stereotypes that are particularly hurtful and offensive given the history of forced assimilation and brutality that Native Americans were forced to endure in Minnesota and throughout the country.

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He suggested that the Sports Facilities Authority, the Vikings and the media simply call the team “Washington.”