The University of Minnesota wants the Vikings not to mention the name of the Washington franchise in connection with that team’s visit to the Land of 10,000 Lakes on November 2. The landlord of the stadium in which the Vikings will play for the next two seasons also has a request for the Washington team.
Bring your throwbacks.
According to Ian Shapira of the Washington Post, the University has requested that Washington not wear its current jerseys, since they bear the name and logo regarded as offensive by some in the Native American community. The University of Minnesota apparently wants the team to wear not the current throwbacks, but a prior version with white shirts and yellow helmets containing an “R” as the logo.
Those offended by the current name and logo include the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which donated $10 million toward the construction of the stadium. That group issued a statement on Thursday explaining that it and other tribes oppose the name, and that the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is working with the University of Minnesota to “minimize the damage that could be done by invoking the name in a place that respects and honors the Minnesota Native American community.”
Apart from asking Washington to not wear its usual uniforms, the University of Minnesota wants the Vikings to not sell Washington apparel or paraphernalia at the stadium, that the team’s name not be mentioned by the public address announcer, that the team’s name not appear on the scoreboard at the stadium, and that the team’s name be omitted from the program and other materials relating to the game.