NFL to Meet With Native American Tribe Over Redskins Name

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25: The helmet of a Washington Redskins player rests on the field during warm ups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium on November 25, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  The Bucs won 19-13. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

NFL to Meet With Native American Tribe Over Redskins Name

The NFL will meet with representatives of a Native American tribe that is campaigning for the Washington Redskins to change their name.

Published October 9, 2013

The NFL is set to have a meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation from New York, a Native American tribe that is campaigning to change the name of the Washington Redskins name.

The meeting will take place next month or sooner, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. The tribe held a symposium on the meaning behind the 80-year-old team name on Monday in Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said the league and team are “promoting a racial slur” by keeping the Redskins title, according to CBS Local.

On Monday, the attorney for the Washington Redskins responded to President Obama's suggestion that the team change its name. The franchise defended their choice to keep the name by citing a poll showing that the Redskins title is not really offensive to Native Americans.

"The president made these comments to the Associated Press, but he was apparently unaware that an April 2013 AP poll showed that eight out of ten of all Americans in a national sample don't think the Washington Redskins name should be changed."

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(Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Written by Natelege Whaley


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