Notah Begay will share his views about the use of the name Redskins on ESPN.

Notah Begay, Mark Trahant Discuss Washington Redskins Naming Issue on ESPN's 'Outside the Lines'


At 3 p.m./EST today, Friday, February 22, pro golfer Notah Begay,  Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta, and journalist Mark Trahant,  Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, will discuss the controversy over the use of the name Redskins by Washington, D.C.'s NFL club on ESPN's Outside the Lines.

The ESPN episode (titled "Redskins Nickname Controversy") will be the latest examination of the swelling opposition to the use of the derogatory term redskins by owner Daniel Snyder's NFL team.  

A snippet from today's show:

Recently, at a daylong symposium on racist sports nicknames at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Washington Redskins nickname came under heavy criticism from many voices. Among the voices was Judith Bartnoff, a deputy presiding judge in District of Columbia Superior Court, who said “ I can only imagine what it would be like to be at a football game at FedEx Field in a crowd of close to 90,000, all screaming at the top of their lungs, when what they are screaming is a racial slur.”  Following the symposium, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said the team isn’t considering changing the nickname and added that it was “ludicrous” to imply that the franchise was trying to upset Native Americans.  Allen added that there was “nothing that we feel is offensive, and we’re proud of our history.“  Today on Outside the Lines, we discuss the controversy involving the Washington Redskins nickname.

Regular ICTMN contributor Trahant  is a writer, speaker and Twitter poet. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and lives in Fort Hall, Idaho. Trahant’s recent book, The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, is the story of Sen. Henry Jackson and Forrest Gerard.

Four-time PGA Tour winner Begay is a TV analyst for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel. Through his foundation, the Notah Begay III Foundation, Begay efforts  to improve the health of Native American youth nationwide.




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Morgan's picture
Submitted by Morgan on
There are far more pressing issues that pertain to Native Americans than a mascot. And, I doubt Notah Begay qualifies as a leading authority on the subject.

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Submitted by Gary Frank on
Give me a break!!! If using the iconic name of the Washington Redskins is a racial slur then tell me when/where the line is drawn? If that's the case then we need to call it a "racial slur" and complete disrespect to name a snack for cheese or chile a cracker.... Exactly my point, how ridiculous does that sound for me as a white male to find that racist? I'm Irish... should I find it racial that Notre Dame has called themselves the fighting Irish? Many races attend this school. These races partake in Irish celebrating and dressing as though they were Irish. How racist of them! Right? With this argument that another nationality is representing themselves as another I guess we should ban halloween costumes of a child being an Indian, cowboy, ninja, convict, skeleton and so on and so on because in this over protective era of insane nonsense every last one of those can be found racist or politically incorrect. We have many franchises (baseball, hockey, football, basketball and numerous college universities) using native american cultures as a sign of STRENGTH and HONOR for these teams. Honestly I feel sad for the cities, teams and universities that have taken on these supposed "racial names" as a full sign of RESPECT just to have it diminished by who it's respectfully representing! Major league teams never took on a native american names, words, or slogans as a sign of disrespect! On the contrary it was meant as COMPLETE respect, honor and strength to the native american culture.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
There is no more time for opinions. Genocide is not an opinion, slavery is not an opinion. And racist subjugating names, slogans, and attitudes are not to be tolerated. Most of the players are Black... And the owner is a Jew. But if they were called the Washington Black nigger hides or the Washington not quite white Hymie skins, then what would happen?. No one would tolerate it, that's what would happen. To hell with opinions!

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Submitted by Anonymous on
We're not here to tell you how to feel about Notre Dame, why should you be licensed to interpret our stereotypes. Go ahead and tell me more about my culture and how the ridiculously tasteless characterizations 'honor' my people. Go watch 'In Whose Honor" and then get back to me on the 'honor' portion.

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Submitted by Rose Kern on
The meaning of the word "Redskins" (being paid for the skins of dead people) is not a way of honoring anyone. Learn the history of this disgusting term Gary, folks were paid for the skins of dead children, are you saying that this team is honoring the folks who were paid or the folks who were murdered? The meaning of the word doesn't change because you say so or the owner of the team says so.

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Wohh precisely what I was looking for, regards for putting up. ?Study men, not historians.? by Harry S Truman.

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Submitted by lil indian boy on
come on let the name's be! i'am proud to be native so let it be advertised that we as native should be proud to hear REDSKIN,BRAVE,INDIANS,CHEIFS

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Submitted by paleface jim on
It (redskins) is a derogatory term and solid, sociological research shows it harms the self image and progress of native american kids. Some say there are more pressing issues. What is more pressing than young children believing they have the same rights and opportunities in America as any other kid? Kudos to San Antonio Spurs, after ethnic slurs, bringing back Sebastien De la Cruz to sing the national anthem. This is exemplary of the highest ethics of sports. Washington - change your name.