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Packers fans asked to cheer for Redskins' nickname change

Washington Redskins helmet (Photo by: Keith Allison/Flickr/Creative Commons).
Washington Redskins helmet (Photo by: Keith Allison/Flickr/Creative Commons).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Washington Redskins will play the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday -- and Cheeseheads will be asked to cheer for the idea of changing the Redskins' name.

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association plans to hold a forum on the subject Friday at UW-Green Bay -- and the group will have protestors at the game.

 Barb Munson of Mosinee is part of the Indian group's Mascot and Logo Task Force. She says "Redskins" has long been considered a derogatory term, and her group supports removing all race-based stereotypes. 

The Oneida Indian tribe has previously opposed the Redskins' name -- but as a Packers' sponsor, the tribe does not plan to take part in the protest. Oneida tribal business committee member Brandon Stevens says attitudes must change before progress can be made. 

In the case of Washington's football team, it's a battle that's been fought for years. There were extensive protests in Minneapolis in 1992, where the Redskins beat Buffalo in Super Bowl 26. 

In May, 10 members of Congress asked 'Skins owner Dan Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to do away with the team name and its Indian logo. Snyder says he'll keep the name.

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