NFL Will Meet With Indian Tribe About Redskins Name

A meeting, but no indication of plans to change a name that some consider offensive

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tries to run the ball past New Orleans Saints defender Johnny Patrick at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sept. 9, 2012

The National Football League said Monday that it will meet next month with an American-Indian tribe pushing for the Washington Redskins to change their team name.

But Redskins owner Dan Snyder remains adamant about keeping the name, and the issue isn’t on the agenda for meetings of team owners this week, the Associated Press reports.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will discuss the Oneida Indian Nation’s “Change the Mascot” campaign with tribal leaders next month. The tribe says the name is a “dictionary-defined, offensive racial epithet,” and is demanding it be changed.

President Barack Obama said last week that he would “consider” changing the name of the team if it were up to him. A recent poll found that four out of five Americans don’t think the team should change its name.

[AP]

3 comments
MattDooley
MattDooley

Not obviously racist. 90% of Native Americans polled on the topic don't find the term offensive. Many Native American football teams use the team name "Redskins". Oklahoma is a Choctaw word meaning "red people", and is a name Native Americans used to describe themselves. Lastly, Native Americans are never called "redskins" by anyone in a derogatory fashion. There are racial slurs for Native Americans, but that's not one. 

DavidKole
DavidKole

The Red Mountain, AZ Redskins on the Navajo reservation seem to enjoy their team name.

se123
se123

it's so obviously racist.  If a team called themsleves Negros and put a black face on it there would be hell to pay.

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