Posted January 24, 2014

Oneida Indians schedule meeting with United Nations regarding Redskins nickname

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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has said his team will never change its name. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

A meeting between the Oneida Indian Nation and human rights representatives of the United Nations is scheduled to take place on Friday to discuss the Redskins nickname, according to Erik Brady of USA Today.

“Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter is set to speak with Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at the U.N. in New York, just as the National Football League is preparing for its seminal event, the Super Bowl, with events in New York and northern New Jersey all next week,” Brady reports.

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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said the Redskins name was “a badge of honor” in a letter to fans in October, and the team questioned the U.N.’s decision on Friday.

“Given all the wars around the world, starvation, famine and the nuclear proliferation problems the U.N. is dealing with, surely they have more important things to worry about than a football’s team name that is supported by the vast majority of the American people,” team spokesman Tony Wyllie told USA Today.

Halbritter and the U.N. didn’t see it that way.

“I am very heartened by this opportunity to have a dialogue … about this important moral, human and civil rights issue,” Halbritter said. “It’s very encouraging to see national and now international leaders potentially recognizing the harmful impacts of using this term that denigrates Indian peoples.”

Added U.N. human rights officer Giorgia Passarelli in an email: “Beside the Human Rights Council, the matter is relevant in the context of the work that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has been doing on the issue of racism in sports.”

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25 comments
davidhudsonone
davidhudsonone

Yea, I am sure the "REDSKINS" are scared now, the most corrupt and incompetent organization on the planet is on the job and Daniel is really shaking in his shoes now. I am sure we will see a name change by the weekend! :) :) :)............. Daniel I am sure there is someone at the UN you can bribe to endorse the Redskins!

mikalrod
mikalrod

Can they prove they're not named after a potato variety?

fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

I applaud my brothers and sisters who are the decendants of the original occupants of this land..... although I am not I do lend my support for you to keep up the good fight.

JayLee
JayLee

Redskins is full of bad Karma, just can't win to save a cat.  Changing the name (In my opinion) would be a good step in the right direction.  Maybe they'll start winning.  I know you folks don't like it, but The Law Of Attraction applies to everyone and organization whether you believe in it or not.  Just Saying!

Fifilo
Fifilo

I was going to throw what little respect I had for the UN out the window but when I went to get it there was none.

JoeReed
JoeReed

i have a great idea....how about this. 1st. tell the UN to stick it where it doesnt shine...kiss my 6! kiss americas 6!..then tell alllll the little butthurt cry babies to do the same. whats the matter little ones? you twist your panties up nice and tight? they filled with sand? boo hoo. the redskins football team along with any other team be it high school to the pros shouldnt have to bend over for everyone who ends up with hurt paws. time to grow up cupcakes...it doesnt and shouldnt matter who doesnt like it. 

DukeMathers
DukeMathers

Hey UN. Remember when you let half a mil get slaughtered in Darfur. How about all that raping that occurred in Bosnia. Maybe you should actually go out and keep the peace instead of crying about some team who barely makes the playoffs. Losers

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

Yeah, the UN should sanction the Redskins...with their army.  Oh, wait a minute!  They don't have an army!  I guess they need to shut the **** up!

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

I see....


And what control/influence should the UN have here?


Is the US NOT a sovereign nation anymore? Didn't think so....

davetheG
davetheG

FIrst, the UN has better things to do and second, Synder is an idiot. The name will be changed because the NFL will eventually make it so. Redskin is a derogatory term and instead of working wih the Indian Nation to work out a resolution Snyder is just being stupid. Fl. State Seminoles work out a deal with the Seminole nation how the logo and name are to be used. I have heard the Blackhawks do the same thing. For the teams not reaching out to the tribes they are stupid because the names will be changed. St John were called the Redmen now they are the Red Storm. Many college basketball teams already approached this and moved on. It is just stupid to think this will just go away. Why not Washington Redmen? Ask the Indian nation if that would be offensive and work with them. NFL wants to expand to Europe-Europe actually hold our Indian nations in high esteem and have some of the best museums of their artifacts (with Indian permission). The NFL will eventually force the change...

Just stupid to involve the UN. Seems they have better things to do.

BillBelcher
BillBelcher

Name one time when the UN actually came to the aid of anyone in real crisis?


Bozos with nothing better to do.  Real Americans don't wear UN Blue.  


//hardcore Cowboys fan here and I say mind your own business un bozos//

Psy Power
Psy Power

The Redskins nickname and logo appear to be the shaky foundation for these nicknames to remain in pro sports.....when it goes - and it seems to be on the clock - MLB, NBA and NHL will have the precedence to start making changes.

Merv
Merv

Who decides what is offensive and racist?  Is it the people being effected?  Is it some University Professor?  Is it some Foreign Bureaucrat?  Who exactly makes this decision?

MrArlington
MrArlington

The Oneida Indians can go fu​ck themselves. There is no malicious intent in the name Redskins. As black people dropping the N bomb can attest, it is all about context. 

No different than back in the day when the Indians scolded the white man for stealing their sacred land. The same land that they built a casino and racetrack on. 

boogieman7167
boogieman7167

hes not going to change the name . he owns the team already said he wont change it .  i don't see what the UN has to do with it or if they have any say in the matter.

FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

Yeah, and by the way make the Braves, Indians and Blackhawks change nicknames too.

x72
x72

Change the name already and move on.

fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

@JoeReed unless you or your mamma are the ones offended..... then we have to get everyone involved.    hope you are this carefree when someone is burning a flag.

davetheG
davetheG

@MervWho makes the decision is the person affected by it, in this case Indian.

Dan33
Dan33

@MrArlington it's not the same land.  Study your history.  They were moved OFF their land and put on to reservations on worthless land by the U.S. Government.  THIS is the land where they are putting up the casinos and racetracks.  Who are you to decide if it is malicious or not?  If the people it refers to are affected by it, then it's insulting right?  Would you like it if they named a new expansion team the (insert city) honkeys?

SC1
SC1

@FifthInTheOrder ditto - and the Chiefs and while we are at it ... we should have GM change the names of Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Buick ... and Ford should change the name of the Thunderbird ... ad infinitum, ad nauseum ...


As I say, it is all about greed. The Indians want their wampum

davetheG
davetheG

@FifthInTheOrder Braves and Chiefs are not a particular group or being specific, i think that why they getting away with it. Blackhawks I have heard work with the Blackhawk nation.

ParishToni1
ParishToni1

@FifthInTheOrder


You can't compare the use of Braves, Indians, and Blackhawks to the use of the term "Redskins", which was and always will be a very derogatory term towards Native American Indians. Whether some of those Indians feel offended is irrelevant. Ask a black person if another black person calls him the n-word, if he feels offended, he would say no.  But there would be no place in society to use that term as a mascot or anything else. BTW, I don't care if they allow Snyder to keep the name, I just think that the US gov. should step in and remove the trademark that he has on the name.  This would allow anyone to make money on merchandise with the name, which would cause him to lose millions. Then let's see how fast he changes the name.

SC1
SC1

@davetheG @FifthInTheOrder It's all about GREED (dollars) ... the Blackhawks get paid ... the Oneida Indian Nation want their share of the wampum ...