GREEN BAY - While the opposing team brought its fans to town for the first Green Bay Packers home game, it also brought controversy.
Local Native American groups say the Washington Redskins' name needs to be changed.
A few dozen people took part in the protest, holding signs outside of Lambeau Field on Sunday.
And some Washington fans say they're split on whether the Redskins name is offensive, or if it's tradition.
As Washington football fans from across the country hailed their team at tailgates, others silently protested what they say is the racist and offensive nature of the Redskins name and mascot.
“We're out here for education, we're out here for awareness, to let officials, the team, and anybody know that there are people here, native and non-native, that feel the name and the word are discriminatory and racist,” said Richie Plass, with Changing Winds Advocacy Group, one of many Native American organizations taking part.
They say their message received mixed reviews.
"I've gotten both sides. Some people saying, 'We don't care.' Some people saying, "It's time to change,'" said Plass.
Protesters from local Indian tribes in Wisconsin say they have repeatedly reached out to the Washington Redskins organization, but have not received a response. The same is true when FOX 11 reached out to the team.
The team's owner, billionaire businessman Daniel Snyder, is on record, though, vowing never to change the name.
So we asked folks who say they're Redskins fans whether they're offended by the name.
“It's holy to us. This is, we're great Redskins fans. I have fans, or friends back in South Dakota, who are Native Americans, who are Redskins fans, who they don't see the big fuss about it,” said Jay Haaland, from South Dakota.
"I understand why it would be offensive,” said Shan Johal, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “So I try to not use it. It's very hard because I've grown up using it, but I'd rather not. But again, I told you I'm a Redskins fan. I'm a D.C. football fan. Maybe that's the best way to put it."
Activists say a better understanding of history could lead to future change, even if the Washington team's owner isn't budging.
“There's a time now where these mascots are accepted by society, and there's a time where that won't be true. We're at the start of that time,” said Ken Munson, an Oneida tribe member from Appleton.
Those seeking to retire the Redskins name say they plan to continue protesting wherever the Washington Redskins play this season.
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