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'

February 22, 2013

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 redsksins 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.






Gary Frank
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.