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Majority Leader Harry Reid Says Snyder’s Foundation a ‘Phony Deal’

ICTMN Staff
3/28/14

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling Dan Snyder’s new foundation “a phony deal, like everything else [he’s] done.

“Dan Snyder, he's got a great new deal,” Reid told the Washington Post Thursday. “He's going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can't imagine why the man doesn't realize that the name is going to change. It's only a question of when it's going to change. That's the only question.”

And Reid gave an estimate for when the name will change: three years. He told CBS that Native Americans are organized and will see to it that the name is changed. “We have Native Americans who now are not all poor. We've got these Indian gaming establishments who have money, who are gonna help with this. And Dan Snyder's not the only person in the world with money.”

He also compared Snyder’s poor attempt at being charitable to two situations in which mounting controversy eventually forced sports organizations to change their name. The Washington Wizards, originally the Washington Bullets, changed their name because of the numerous shootings in D.C.; and the situation at the University of North Dakota where Ralph Engelstad built an arena for the school’s hockey team to force it to keep its Fighting Sioux logo. The university no longer uses the logo.

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Reid has spoken out against the Redskins name before. In December he told The Hill, “I think Snyder is so shortsighted on this” and “we live in a society where you can’t denigrate a race of people.”

Also according to CBS, on Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell commended Snyder for the new foundation and said critics of the team name are in the minority. “I think Dan is being very responsible in listening," Goodell said. "It's also very clear when you look at public opinion, when you look at the polls that 90 percent of Redskins fans support the name. They believe it's something that represents pride. And the general population also supports it overwhelmingly. He's trying to be responsible in listening and recognizing that people have differing views.”

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
WHY not use the 'outrage' and verbal assaults to the US Federal Government than on a topic that NEVER enters into the discussions of the every-day, common elders, families, struggling to survive on the Reservation today? I visited my families yesterday, and we re-acquainted, had supper first, talked, and made plans for next visit. Not once, no talk was evered mentioned of "Redskin" or any deragutory events-incidents! Instead we talked of common struggles (typical of America - more obviously though to Indian America) - their health followups, overpriced food items, vehicle - house disrepair, ongoing community vandalism, and of course the upcoming local tribal politics for 'reelection'. I am positive their are plenty of NATIVE, like me, who are much rather concerned with helping direct family SURVIVE than have the luxury or time to be concerned over a irrelevant topic. The real crime is the US Federal Govt system and THOSE "PROMISES" since 2007 that obviously haven't flowed down to the community-level. It is still quite obvious the disrepair, squallar of my parent's community and the dis-regard by local tribal politicians (but up untill now - since local election season is coming up). THe joke amongst the local elders in native tongue, is "you see my 'brother' 'sister' before election when they come and ask you to support them, donate to their election, help in their food stand, then when they get elected - they never come around. But since they want to run for office again - they will be showing up again and asking for my help…..again". In reality a "REDSKIN" to the regular indian today struggling to survive, is from standing in line at the local tribal center from being sunburned, being overcomed with emotion - embarrassed, shame, slight anger - after being told tribal services are closed, limited, empty. That is the real definition to "REDSKIN" today.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I'm guessing by the following statements that both Snyder and Goddell are both Conservatives: " “I think Dan is being very responsible in listening," Goodell said. "It's also very clear when you look at public opinion, when you look at the polls that 90 percent of Redskins fans support the name. They believe it's something that represents pride. And the general population also supports it overwhelmingly. He's trying to be responsible in listening and recognizing that people have differing views.” They're so wrong about everything they believe is true that it's a clear case of believing those who you've paid to gather info that supports what you ALREADY believe. Also, tmsyr11: I've heard this assertion before and you're right to take care of your family BEFORE worrying about this issue, BUT you have to realize that unless we demand respect for our people issues like this will continue. Certainly African-Americans didn't clear up all the problems they face BEFORE taking on the N-word, why should NDNs be expected to?
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