GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
While fans poured into Glendale’s University of Phoenix’s stadium today, not everyone was happy.
A group that is opposed to Washington’s mascot held a protest and march before today’s match up between the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins.
“They're not welcome here as ingenious people. We never asked them to come here.”
Local protestors lined the streets and marched to take a stand against Washington’s long time controversial mascot.
“The way people see us and the way people treat us is us being seen as mascots and us being seen as ancient.”
“A term that degrades an entire group of people … entire race nations. We're human beings. We're still here, we’re not dead, we’re not extinct.”
The protestors were also here today standing in solidarity with those trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipleline.
“We're really thinking about them right now and veterans are headed there.”
Davona Blackhorse and hundreds of others claiming mistreatment and lack of respect for indigenous people comes from the group being looked at as people of the past.
“I always try to be present on these type of issues as much as I can so people know that we are here and this is who we are now.”
Their rally today is also a push to get the franchise to ultimately throw out the mascot.
“It's time for the name to change.”