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Anti-Redskins rally outside Vikings stadium draws thousands in 'change the name' push

  • Protestors march outside TCF Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. The group was protesting the use of the mascot and name of the Washington Redskins football team. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Protestors march outside TCF Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. The group was protesting the use of the mascot and name of the Washington Redskins football team. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protestors march outside TCF Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. The group was protesting the use of the mascot and name of the Washington Redskins football team. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Protestors march outside TCF Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. The group was protesting the use of the mascot and name of the Washington Redskins football team. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protestors march outside TCF Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. The group was protesting the use of the mascot and name of the Washington Redskins football team. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Protestors march outside TCF Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. The group was protesting the use of the mascot and name of the Washington Redskins football team. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of people rallied outside the stadium in Minnesota before the Redskins-Vikings game, the latest protest against Washington's divisive nickname.

Organizers estimated the crowd around 5,000 on Sunday morning.

The event began with a march through the University of Minnesota campus to TCF Bank Stadium, where Native American leaders, local politicians, former sports stars and other speakers voiced their disdain for Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his refusal to change the nickname they've derided as derogatory and racist.

The university coordinated logistics for the rally and called on the Vikings to remove Redskins references during the game. The Vikings said they're sensitive to the issue but were required to abide by NFL policy requiring such display.

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