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American Indians and their supporters gather outside the Metrodome to protest the Washington Redskins' name, prior to an NFL football game between the team and the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Local Indian leaders oppose ‘Redskins’ name as AIM leads protest in Minneapolis

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BEMIDJI — As the American Indian Movement demonstrated Thursday evening in downtown Minneapolis against the Washington Redskins’ nickname and logo, Bemidji area tribal voices joined the chorus calling it offensive.

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American Indians prominent in local government and academia oppose the name, with at least one leader saying they’d personally attend the protest.

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