Drummers aat rally protesting Kansas City Chiefs name in Minneapolis. Photo by Tara Houska
Published October 18, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS — The National Coalition against Racism in Sports and Media and the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center hosted “The No Honor in Racism” rally in Minnesota on Sunday – prior to the NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The group that neared 100 in number marched from the Northrop Auditorium to TCF Stadium late morning so they could be outside the stadium as fans assembled.
Clyde Bellecourt and Tara Houska. Photo by Jack Swanson
“It was a smaller protest, but we were definitely heard and made a statement,” Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nationka, who spoke at the rally commented to Native News Online on Sunday evening. “Fans were lining the sidewalks taking photos.”
The purpose of the rally was to educate the public about the importance of retiring the Kansas City Football Team’s name and the harmful effects of Indigenous mascots.
Marching through streets of Minneapolis. Photo by Tara Houska
Clyde Bellecourt (White Earth Ojibwe), a co-founder of the American Indian Movement and long-time opponent of American Indian mascots, also spoke at the rally.