UMinn President: Keep Redskins Name Out of Stadium

Updated: 08/07/2014 4:06 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 6:36 AM

The University of Minnesota says it's working with the Minnesota Vikings to keep the Washington Redskins' nickname from being used when the two teams play on campus in November.

University President Eric Kaler gave the assurances in a letter to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who has said using the name would violate school policies on equity and diversity.

The Vikings are playing home games at TCF Bank Stadium the next two seasons while their new stadium is being built.

Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley says the organization is sensitive to the issue. He says the Vikings are obligated by the NFL to market the Nov. 2 game as they would any game, and the team will continue talking with university and Native American community leaders as the game nears.

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In this June 18, 2014 file photo, the Washington Redskins name is displayed on a building at their training facility at Redskins Park during NFL football minicamp in Ashburn, Va.
Photo: AP/Nick Wass, File

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