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N.Y. tribe launching radio ad against Redskins

By MICHAEL HILL

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:30 a.m. HST, Sep 05, 2013


ALBANY, N.Y. » An American Indian tribe in upstate New York said today it will launch a radio ad campaign pressing for the Washington Redskins to shed a name often criticized as offensive.

The Oneida Indian Nation said the first ad will run on radio stations in Washington before the team hosts the Philadelphia Eagles in its season opener Monday night. In the ad, Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should "stand up to bigotry" by denouncing "the racial slur" in the team's name.

"We do not deserve to be called redskins," the Oneida leader says in the ad. "We deserve to be treated as what we are — Americans."

The radio ad said Goodell had rightly been critical this summer after an Eagles wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur against African-Americans.

The ads launch as the Washington Redskins this year face a fresh barrage of criticism over their nickname, with local leaders and pundits calling for a name change. In May, 10 members of Congress sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Goodell urging the team to change the name.

Snyder has vowed to never change the name.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy, in an email to The Associated Press, said they "respect that reasonable people may have differing views."

"The name from its origin has always intended to be positive and has always been used by the team in a highly respectful manner," McCarthy wrote.

There was no immediate response from the Redskins.

The Oneidas have been vocal opponents of the Redskins nickname — be it for NFL or high school teams. The tribe, which runs a casino and resort in central New York, this year gave $10,000 toward new jerseys to an area high school that changed its nickname from the Redskins to the Hawkeyes.

The Oneida said the first ad will run Sunday and Monday on several stations in Washington. Subsequent ads will run in Washington during home games and in the cities hosting the team when it is away. A spokesman for the Oneidas would not say how much the campaign would cost beyond "multiple thousands."

Halbritter said that fans also are being urged to lobby the NFL in support of the name change at www.changethemascot.org, a website that debuted today.

"We believe that with the help of our fellow professional football fans, we can get the NFL to realize the error of its ways and make a very simple change," Halbritter said in a prepared statement.







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thos wrote:
If the owner of the Washington NFL franchise were ever to become so stupid as to cave in and actually drop the name “Redskins”, as sure as God made little green apples he would within 24 hours be facing a lawsuit for punitive and damages accrued since 1933 when the Boston Redskins first came into being. (The team transferred to Washington in 1937) And what new name would they select, “Beltway Bandits”?
on September 5,2013 | 04:34AM
krusha wrote:
Washington should change their team name to the Belligerent Caucasians in honor of their owner Dan Snyder.
on September 5,2013 | 06:33AM
Mythman wrote:
Ray Halbritter is a good example of leadership. The originally vast reservation was reduced to a few acres yet he managed to revive it through commerce. The Oneida series of cases in the US Supreme Court have an effect here at home in that the High Court said Laches prevents the Oneida from utilizing the Indian Non Intercourse Act to recover taken lands. You will recall that Sen Inouye tried to incorporate this Act in the Akaka bill as a way to provide cover for takings by our majority population over the years since 1921 when the federal native american policy was extended to Hawaii. It's apparently extremely hard for those with less than the federally mandated blood quantum to wrap their minds around the distinction between them in law and the 1921 federal group.
on September 5,2013 | 05:47AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Washington Americans.......??? nah....how about Washington DCers....nah..Washinton Deceivers....aha got it!
on September 5,2013 | 09:35AM
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