NFL Commissioner seems to agree with this sign. Indian country may beg to differ.

NFL Commissioner Tells Congress 'Redskins' Is a Positive Name

June 11, 2013

Ten members of Congress sent a letter May 13 to Daniel Snyder, owner of the NFL’s Washington, D.C., franchise, urging him to change the club's name.  Similar letters were sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, FedEx President and Chief Executive Officer Frederick Smith (FedEx is a sponsor of Snyder’s franchise, and the team plays at FedExField), and the owners of the NFL’s other 31 clubs. (Read more: Congress Members to Daniel Snyder: Change Your Team's Name)

In their letter, the ten representatives stated, “Native Americans throughout the country consider the R-word a racial, derogatory slur akin to theN-word among African Americans or the W-word among Latinos.  Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw widespread disapproval among the NFL’s fan base.  Yet the national coverage of Washington’s NFL football team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans.” (Read the entire letter here.)

Although Snyder has not responded to the Congress members, sticking to his "We will NEVER drop Redskins name" guns, NFL Commissioner Goodell has. In a letter dated June 5 and sent to the co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), both of whom are among the 10 Congress members who sent the the letter to Snyder and Goodell and cosponsors of the Non-Disparagement of Native American Persons or Peoples in Trademark Registration Act of 2013 (H.R. 1278), Goodell spelled out the NFL's position.

"The Washington Redskins name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context," writes Goodell. "For the team's millions of fans and customers, who represent one of America's most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.

Curiously, Goodell refers to an interview on with "a full-blooded American Inuit chief originally from the Aleutian Tribes of Alaska," as evidence to support the NFL's position. 

Read Goodell's entire letter here. (Related: Congress Members Respond to NFL Commissioner's Support for 'Redskins' Name)




Anonymous's picture
Submitted by Anonymous on

Well then its ok to say lets name a NFL team White skin's or Black skins or Yellow skin's, what do you say to that? Sound a little weird, not right, racist somehow. But I don't think I want to be a fan of a NFL team etc...if its call the Washington White Skins, its just don't seem right and non racist!

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Submitted by Anonymous on

What an ignorant bunch of Imperialist racist excuses bull and NFL asswipes! We worship this stupid sport to much anyway, there just a bunch of egotistical white racist asswipes!

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Submitted by vedwin on

It took two seconds of googling to find out that Goodell's assertion that William "Lone Star" Dietz was a Native American and that the team name was to honor him is almost certainly false.

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Submitted by Kulibway on

That my friends is rich. I'm not a Native American, but the word Redskin is a racial slur. How can a slur be allowed to stand because it brings pride to non Native Americans. It's not your time yet, it's now politically correct to be gay but not Native American. Maybe in ten years it will be offensive.
Rich White men get away with whatever the want to. Goodell just joined the Donald in dumb white racist.

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Submitted by Bill O'Connell on

Congress should get busy improving the economy and other national matters than wasting time with this non-sense!!

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Submitted by T.D. Reed on

Basically, Senators, you need to find a new agenda and leave this one alone. Stop agitating the 90% favoring the team name and marks, and tell the 10% that do not to deal with it; you tried.
I find the name Redskin to be much less offensive than the term "injun", a nasty and obviously disrespectful term for Native Americans and/or their descendants. That stated, the Cleveland Indians baseball franchise has to endure this same incessant attack on their team name and marks. The Indians, too, have the similar type of following that the Washington football club has. And the Cleveland team has just as respectful a representation of their team name and marks as the Washington club has.
Notice the difference in HOW the names are said: Indian vs. "injun". One term identifies; the other denegrates.
Enough, now. Let this be.

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Submitted by Indian dude on

I'm an indian, and I dont mind there name or logo. As long as they Win! If they lose, then i'm pissed.

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Submitted by Indian dude on

There fans dress up as pigs. What does that have to do with indians? There helmet logo is the guy off the coin. I love the colors, on their uniforms. As long as they win! Who cares? The next thing you know, Green Bay will have to change its name because it offends Gay Men.

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Submitted by Brown on

People are so uneducated in the meaning of the word "redskin." It is a derogatory term. Caucasian people used to hunt Native Americans and bring proof back of payment by cutting a piece of a Native American's skin, so they called it "redskin." Bringing back a man's skin was cause for more money than for women & children and Roger Goodell is saying that the name is meant for positivity, is crap!