Demonstrators take to NRG Stadium to protest Washington logo, team name

HOUSTON - A small group of protesters gathered outside of NRG stadium prior to Sunday's Texans game, calling Washington's name and logo offensive to Native Americans.

Just more than a dozen people from several Native American organizations held signs and stood along Kirby Drive as fans made their way into the stadium.

"We think the Redskins name is a dictionary-defined racial slur," said Steve Melendez, a member of the American Indian Alliance of Greater Houston.

Dave Ortiz, a member of the American Indian Movement, said claims that the team's name honors Native Americans are false.

"You skinned them alive. You skinned them and you brought in their bloody skin, hence the name 'redskin.' How's that an honor? They are talking about the blood of our people," said Ortiz.

Though the protest was peaceful, the demonstrators received some resistance from some football fans, especially Washington fans.

As some walked into the stadium, they defended the use of the name.

"I believe it's too overboard. Come on. Redskins have been Redskins for many, many years," said fan Michael Johnson.

Johnson's wife, Lisa, also believes the name isn't offensive.

"If you look at the way sports teams are named across football and basketball, you could find offense in anything. Everyone's entitled to how they feel," said Johnson.

The demonstrators said similar protests will take place wherever Washington plays in the future.

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