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Game day rally at U to draw crowds protesting NFL, DC team's mascot

By Matt Sepic, MPR News

Native American leaders and University of Minnesota students say they're expecting thousands of people to turn out for a protest against the Washington Redskins when the team plays the Vikings a week from Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, said the DC team's name is racist and offensive. Bellecourt expects a young group of protesters to gather outside the stadium to speak out against the name.

"We know that because we're on a university campus. We're organizing all the students," he said. "We've been doing a lot of radio, television, public relations, so we're expecting over 5,000 people."

The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media is organizing the protest along with campus leaders.

Aubrey Strenger with the Black Law Students Association said the university, through its contract with the Vikings, should prohibit the use of the Washington team's name on campus.

"The University of Minnesota is such an influential educational body and they are in a particular place to affect change," Strenger said.

University of Minnesota officials have asked the Vikings to limit the use of the Washington team's name and logo during the game.

A statement posted on the U's website, said while the university "denounces the team name of the Washington team ó and other sports team names that promote negative and harmful stereotypes ó the University does not believe that it has the legal authority or contractual authority under the facility use agreement to prevent the game."

Amid the controversy, team owner Dan Snyder said in a recent letter to Washington's season ticket holders that the name is a "badge of honor."


DNR chief: Expect PolyMet environmental review by early spring

By Dan Kraker, MPR News

Minnesota officials hope to finish the final environmental analysis for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine by early next spring.

"I know people are frustrated with this, I'm frustrated with this, but I just want you to know that we want to be as thorough and diligent as possible," Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr said Monday during a forum on Iron Range mining. "We have to have the best possible document at the end of this, and we are working as expeditiously as possible to get that thing out the door."

PolyMet is proposing a $650 million copper, nickel and precious metals mine near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes.

The state just finished its initial review of the 58,000 comments received on the draft environmental impact statement and the DNR will incorporate 8,000 "unique ideas" from those comments into the final environmental statement, Landwehr said.

When state and federal regulators OK the environmental analysis, PolyMet can apply for the more than 20 permits needed to develop a mine.

DNR: Encouraging signs in latest Mille Lacs walleye survey

By Elizabeth Dunbar, MPR News

A fall survey on Mille Lacs Lake shows good news for walleyes, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Monday.

Researchers found the highest number of yearling walleyes on the lake since 2008. It also found higher numbers of yearling tullibees, which could help feed predators that threaten the young walleyes, the DNR said.

The improved yearling numbers are "the one thing we really wanted to see," said Rick Bruesewitz, the DNR's Aitkin area fisheries supervisor. "We've had some issues with survival of juveniles over their first year of life, especially. It appeared they survived better than they have for about the past four years."

Walleye numbers on the lake remain the lowest seen in decades and DNR officials say it will take time for the population to recover.

The agency is still working to understand the effect of climate change, predators and other issues affecting the fish," Bruesewitz added. "It'll be awhile before the population is back to the way it once was."


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