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Minneapolis AIM Chairman: Redskins 'Offensive and Against the Law'

Vincent Schilling
10/21/13

The American Indian Movement of Minneapolis plans to hold a demonstration march and protest against the Thursday November 7, 2013 Redskins vs. Vikings NFL game to be played at the Minneapolis Metrodome. 

Mike Forcia, Chairman of AIM in Minneapolis, tells ICTMN that “The name should have been changed 20 years ago. Yes we have more pressing issues but it doesn't mean we are going to back off of this issue. This is what the media jumps on.”

Forcia said that just as many supporters could be found at a moment’s notice to protest against such things as the Keystone XL Pipeline or the troubles facing the Indian Child Welfare Act, and that this mainstream notice could also be a catalyst for the awareness of other issues.

A graphic, created to announce the event, that was posted by Forcia on Facebook.

“This is a publicly funded stadium and there is a lot of racism going on. What about the Fourth Amendment, in which we are all entitled to life, liberty and happiness? If they have these statutes that say no racism, then the [NFL] commissioner has to say we cannot have the Redskins because it is offensive and it is against the law.”

Forcia said that for him, it isn’t just about the logo. It is the behavior at the games.

“I don't mind something like the North Dakota fighting Sioux logo. Yes, the Cleveland Indians logo is offensive, but it is more about the connotation and the actions of the fans. You hear things like, ‘we are going to scalp those Indians, we are going to send those Indians back to the reservation’ or you see the Tomahawk chop. It is the antics that are at the crux of this whole thing.”

“If you had the Saints and Angels playing and we were all dressed up like the Pope or a priest or a sister or a nun and we were all their swinging around our Rosaries, splashing holy water on people - they probably wouldn't like it very much. “

Forcia is looking forward to November 7th, and is asking for anyone with hand drums or big drums to show their support, and is also inviting any supporters of the Occupy or Idle No More movements to bring their own protest signs and lend support. He also says Native women will be called to take their place as leaders in the Native community.

“It will be starting at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.  We are walking down Franklin Avenue, down Chicago Avenue, and right on down to the field. I think this is going to be ground zero. I think that after November 7, it won't be very long 'til they change the name.”

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Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Good luck to all my brothers and sisters out there! I wish I could make the protest, but I'm mired down in work. Be ready for violence, I'm sure there will be some instances where football fans will have had too much to drink and be itching for a fight. Go out and show Snyder (in all CAPS) that we're not going to put up with corporate sponsored racism any longer.

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redwood
Submitted by redwood on
Oh, please... "I think that after November 7, it won't be very long 'til they change the name.” Sure... because AIM shows up, the problem will be solved. Forget how everyone else has been fighting against this since forever... Note to AIM: Please control yourselves, make certain none of your "warriors" are packin', and don't bring any shame on us, okay? That's all we need is bad press.

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Ininismom
Submitted by Ininismom on
I agree in principal but I would be much more impressed if your idealism wasn't so wishy-washy! Racism is racism...no excuse for the UND Fighting Sioux or Cleveland Indians. Make a stand 100%!

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Hail To The Red...
Submitted by Hail To The Red... on
Get over it people.. I say with pride Hail To The Redskins! In that phrase you will never be forgotten!

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chahta ohoyo
Submitted by chahta ohoyo on
halito we have progressed to the point where AIM is lame...yes, all the native American names used for everything from football teams to god-knows-what are demeaning and need to go away, but to send in the American Indian Movement in a confrontational manner wont convince a change of any them...I would think the lesson of confrontation was learned at wounded knee...confronting any segment of the white establishment is a mistake...all they do is dig in like a tick and resist even more...

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Norma Renville
Submitted by Norma Renville on
All mascots & team names that depict American Indian people need to be eliminated unless a Sovereign Nation permits the use of such name. Everyone must stand up and take action against the misappropriation of American Indian names and images for the sake of our children. The demeaning of any one protected group damages all other groups.

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Frank Paro
Submitted by Frank Paro on
Mike Forcia is the current Chairman of Twin Citieis AIM, for now, I have called for his resignation in the past few months for making stupid comments but today with his saying that he is okay with name of the University of North Dakota Team Logo Fighting Sioux, it is the bottom line, I will again demand that Mike Forcia Resign as Chairman of Twin Cities AIM. along with his comments of inviting Occupy MN and allowing them to bring there own signs this Protesrt is about the Washington Football team and all focus should be AIMed to that agenda!
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