NCAI: Snyder’s Foundation a Publicity Stunt Unless He Changes Team Name


The National Congress of American Indians issued a response Tuesday morning after learning about the plans of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to create a foundation that will support Native American tribes.

In a letter posted on the team’s website Monday night, Snyder introduced the Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which “will address the urgent challenges plaguing Indian country based on what Tribal leaders tell us they need most.”

In a press release, the NCAI said that they were encouraged to see that Snyder would dedicate time and resources to the challenges tribes are facing, but also said that true support for Indian Country is only possible if Snyder changes his team’s name.

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The NCAI’s comments about the new foundation:

...This Foundation will only contribute to the problems in Indian Country if it does not also address the very real issue of how Native people are consistently stereotyped, caricaturized, and denigrated by mascot imagery and the use of the R-word slur. For Mr. Snyder and the Foundation to truly support and partner with Indian Country, they must first change the name of the DC team and prove that the creation of this organization isn’t just a publicity stunt.

The organization also directed Snyder to two reports related to the effects of the R-word on Indian Country, one of which can be read here.



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Submitted by bullbear on
Watch out! Mr. Snyder is a loose cannon. I am afraid that if the foundation is officially established, in accordance to federal and state regulations, the job of changing the foundation name will add only another layer of difficulty. Furthermore, if the day passes that any tribe accepts grant monies from that foundation, you can stand assured that it will be used as another ploy, via the media, that those tribal nations support the R------s mascot. It dismays me to say that I still retain the image of the heralded Navajo Code Talkers with those garish Washington R------s jackets. No offense intended to these heroic men whatsoever. However, on the other hand, I give praise to Navajo Nation Council member Joshua L. Butler for introducing a bill that officially adopts the position of the leadership in opposition of the R-word. In hindsight, it would appear that the tribal council took a back seat until its hands were forced. This is not a battle of a few tribes, dear brothers and sisters. The reality is this should be a united march that is telling our nation, we have had enough of the atrocious historical treatment of our People. We can no longer accept that it is ok to continue belittling us on worldwide media. The point is, we are fighting for our future generations so they will not have to continue living in humiliation by an ignorant society. Where do you stand?