Photo courtesy Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun
Bernie Sanders spoke Thursday evening at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

Video: Bernie Sanders Condemns Washington NFL Team Name

Sheena Louise Roetman

Potential Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders addressed the issue of the use of the R-word by the Washington NFL team Thursday evening during a speech at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona.

“Washington has a very good football team but it doesn’t have to be called the Redskins,” said Sanders, according to the Washington Post.

Sanders also addressed immigration and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, notorious for behaviors Sanders referred to as “un-American and uncivilized.”

Additionally, Sanders promised that, if elected, he will make a point to focus on the “appalling levels of inequality and systematic injustice” suffered by Natives.

In 2014, Sanders signed a congressional letter condemning the Washington NFL team’s name and mascot, along with 48 others, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota).

Current Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton told Fusion, “there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital,” according to the Washington Post.

In 2015, Donald Trump voiced his support of team owner Dan Snyder and said he knows Natives who are proud of the name and who think it’s a positive moniker.

“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” Trump said in an interview on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel, according to the New York Times.

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I am not of Native American heritage, but I am of Irish heritage -- I know what Native American peoples did for the Irish during the famine. And knowing that, I have an affinity for, as Mrs. Sanders said, "our FIRST Americans." There is NO PLACE in our country for Native American mascots and nicknames -- especially those of such a negative and disrespectful nature as "redskins." I support Bernie and Jane in their message that this MUST end. I support Bernie in his message that the problems facing Native Americans must be brought into the light. As a Minnesotan, I have been a longtime supporter of AIM and it's attempts to bring Native American issues into the public eye. Native Americans OWNED this land first. They were lied to. They were cheated. They are STILL being cheated. Please know that you have immigrant-generations of brothers and sisters who support you. May God bless you and America as we fight for equality and fairness for all our peoples.