Posted September 05, 2013

American Indian tribe to launch radio ad campaign against Redskins

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The Oneida Indians Nation are launching a radio ad campaign throughout the Redskins season urging them to change a name they feel is offensive. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The Oneida Indians Nation are launching a radio ad campaign throughout the Redskins season urging them to change a name they feel is offensive. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The American Indian Oneida Nation tribe in upstate New York said Thursday that it’s launching a radio ad campaign urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because members of the tribe “do not deserve to be called redskins.”

The ads will first run in Washington D.C. before the team kicks off its regular season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, according to an Associated Press report. The campaign, which cost “multiple thousands” according to the Oneida nation, will continue to run on radio stations in cities that host the Redskins for games when they are on the road and will also be featured in Washington D.C. area stations throughout the NFL season.

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Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter called upon NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to “stand up to bigotry,” and called the Redskins moniker a “racial slur,” saying in the ad that the Nation deserves better treatment:

”We do not deserve to be called redskins. We deserve to be treated as what we are – Americans.”

This past spring, members of congress sent letters to Goodell and Redskins owner Dan Snyder asking them to change the name. Pro Hall of Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green, who played for the Redskins, have said the team should consider a name change. Monk said if members of the tribe feel it’s offensive,  those who are not part of the tribe don’t have a place in saying it is not offensive.

Snyder said the team will “never” change the name and that Redskins fans understand the tradition. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an e-mail to the AP that the league recognizes and respects that reasonable people may have differing views, adding that the Redskins name intends to be positive:

“The name from its origin has always intended to be positive and has always been used by the team in a highly respectful manner.”

In May, the Oneida Nation presented a check for $10,000 to an upstate New York high school as part of an agreement between the two sides that the school would change its name from the Redskins to the Hawkeyes.

Halbritter said he believes the NFL is capable of understanding the “error” and hopes the league will make the change:

“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.”

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13 comments
carrie2
carrie2

the reason why Redskins is offensive tab originals is because it's a name that was called two children residential schools it was the name given to them just like Indian squaw the names Mohawk Creek and Cherokee are actual tribal names did they gave themselves those are not offensive to aboriginals

Scowel
Scowel

Identity THEFT !!! The NFL should be forced to PAY these good and decent PEOPLE for their stolen and misapplied virtue, that they've profited enormously from off the sweat of complete MORONIC SPORTS FANS !!!

"The Republic of Tejas/Texas!" Welcomes TRUTH !!! Delights in the dignity of HUMAN SOVEREIGNTY !!!

Glen5
Glen5

I suppose they'll want to change the name of Oneida silverware since the Indians didn't use any.

rektree
rektree

Being called a redskin is no different then being called black or brown or white.  The Oneida nation is located around Green Bay, and I'm a meat packer.  Should I protest, too?

JimCimino
JimCimino

You can find someone who is offended by just about anything someone else might do or say. Too bad! I doubt that many Redskins games are televised in upstate New York but those games that are don't need to be watched by anyone so thin- skinned. The Oneida are offended? What about the Seneca, Mohawk, Mohican, Cherokee, Choctaw, Lakota, Arapaho and etc.? This is so much BS!

VirginiaMartin
VirginiaMartin

If it offends any Native American, it should be changed. People wouldn't stand for the " Newark Negroes'"  or the "Kansas City Krackers".

jeremy4
jeremy4

the american native american....they have a reason to be upset with the past....not like the blacks who whine racism for no reason

Fifilo
Fifilo

@rektree I don't think anyone here cares about your sexual orientation.

devonc
devonc

@jeremy4Your right American Indians does have a right to be angry about the past, but as far as blacks? Well google images the word "lynching" and then tell me that they don't have a right to be angry too.