In an apparent effort to further bring to light that a certain football team in a certain city that is nearby the leased residence of a certain US President is using what they consider a certain slur as their team name, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has certainly thrown some weight behind a certain request by a certain college that the team name not be used in any way when visiting a certain other team.
The Vikings need to play “home games” at that college while their new stadium is under construction, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community put up some of the cash needed to build that college football stadium. So they have vocally stood up to support the college when the college asked that the team name “Redskins” not be used in any way whatsoever when they travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings.
Not to be used on the scoreboards, not on any merchandise being sold, not mentioned over the PA system or any programs or other game-day materials. They don’t even want the team to wear their current uniforms, requesting a throwback from two generations ago.
The thing that got my spidey sense tingling was that the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is the richest in North America. Every member of the tribe receives a million dollars.
Yes, they are generous with other Indian Nations. Yes, they are generous with the white-folk communities. Yes, they SHOULD have a voice for a stadium they helped finance.
But it has always rubbed me the wrong way when rich people try to dictate how things are going to be done.
And did the college begin this effort on their own, or were they influenced? Ok, were they pressured?
Yes, Dan Snyder is also rich…the irony has not gone unnoticed.