Kaler: Keep 'Redskins' out of stadium

Updated: August 7, 2014, 1:12 PM ET
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota says it is working with the Minnesota Vikings to keep the Washington Redskins' nickname from being used when the two teams play on campus in November.

University president Eric Kaler gave the assurances in a letter to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who has said use of the name would violate school policies on equity and diversity.

The Vikings are playing home games at TCF Bank Stadium the next two seasons while their new stadium is being built.

Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press. Bagley told the Washington Post the team hasn't made any decision on the issue.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has been adamant he won't change his team's nickname despite pressure from Native American groups and politicians in Washington.

He told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" this week that he feels that the team's name is a term of honor and respect and not disrespectful to Native Americans. His full interview with ESPN will air on an "Outside the Lines" special on Sept. 2 on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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