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Rick Reilly’s most recent column for ESPN delves into the Redskins name issue, largely decrying his colleagues who have made public shows of rejecting it.

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4/20/2015

article Extremely Awkward Conversation With a Native American at Redskins Game
(Washington D.C.) -- It was a cool, late autumn Sunday and the Washington football team was playing a home game. Joseph Bennett, an African American gentleman in his...

4/19/2015

article Historians' Petition: Washington "Redskins" Change Your Name!
(Washington D.C.) -- The Organization of American Historians is on track to demand that the Redskins change their name. A petition demanding the change was presented at...
article Opinion; Any Sanction of Mascot Fosters Mass Validation of Humiliating & Harmful Practices
(Michigan) -- I would like to start off by addressing the incident of red face this past weekend, April 11th

4/16/2015

article Proposed law would be first in nation to ban ‘Redskins’ school mascot
(California) -- California, home to the largest number of American Indians in the country, is for the third time considering legislation that would end the use of...

4/15/2015

article Local chief supports 'Redskins' ban, tribal recognition
(California) -- One of the more influential Native American voices in the region told the Free Lance he supports a local assemblyman’s efforts to ban the use of...

4/11/2015

article Tug-of-war for new Redskins stadium is complicated by name debate
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins’ lease at FedEx Field doesn’t expire for another 12 years, but Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is aggressively...
article Cooperstown Redskins' transition not so easy
(New York) -- The quaint, tiny Cooperstown community offers some telling lessons and fodder for the Lancaster School District to consider as it works through countless...

4/10/2015

article GOVER: Daniel Snyder's ‘Gifts’ to Natives Undermine and Corrupt
(Oklahoma) -- Last week the Chairwoman of my tribe, Gari Pikyavit Lafferty, was removed from office by our tribal council for accepting personal gifts from Dan Snyder...
article Lancaster School Board Candidate Agrees Indians Should 'Go Back to the Reservation'
(New York) -- It’s only been three weeks since the Lancaster School Board in upstate New York voted unanimously to retire its Native American moniker and mascot...

4/9/2015

article Halbritter on R-Word: Change Comes Slowly, But it Will Come
(Massachusetts) -- Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises Ray Halbritter returned to Harvard Law School—where he earned his J.D. in 1990...
article ‘Breaking Bad’ Banks Calls Out ‘Jewish’ Redskins Owner: ‘Change the Name’
(USA) -- “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” actor Jonathan Banks appeared as a guest on Wednesday’s airing of “Olbermann” on...
article Lancaster School Board to get award for mascot decision
(New York) -- The Lancaster Board of Education will receive a 2015 Award of Excellence from the Western New York Educational Service Council for their decision to change...

4/8/2015

article When is a word a slur? One linguist argues Big Data can help tell
(Washington D.C.) -- The evolving controversy over the Washington NFL team’s name has prompted several local news organizations — the Washington City Paper,...

4/7/2015

article Utah tribe’s leader to appeal removal over gifts from controversial NFL team
(Utah) -- A Utah tribe's leader who was ousted from office for accepting gifts from the NFL's Washington, D.C., team said Monday she plans to appeal the decision...

4/4/2015

article Former Paiute chairwoman to appeal ouster
(Utah) -- Gari Lafferty, the former chairwoman of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, who was ousted this week amid an ethics scandal, says she will appeal the council...
article California Committee Approves Legislation To End Use Of ‘Redskins’ Mascots
(California) -- The next front in the fight against “Redskins” mascots: California. The California state assembly’s education committee last week...

4/3/2015

article Original Americans Foundation claims work with over 50 tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Original Americans Foundation claims it is spending millions of dollars in Indian Country but hasn't publicly disclosed a leadership board,...
article Utah tribe's leader removed from office over Redskins gifts
(Utah) -- A Utah tribal leader was ousted from office Thursday for accepting gifts from the Washington Redskins, which council members say wrongly linked their tribe to...

4/2/2015

article Paiute Tribal Leader Faces Impeachment For Taking Redskins Gifts
(Utah) -- A football autographed by Robert Griffin III ain't worth what it once was. But it might still cost a Utah tribal official her job. Gari Pikyavit Lafferty,...
article Paiute Tribe removes chairwoman for accepting NFL team's gifts
(Utah) -- Leaders of the Paiute Tribe of Utah voted 5 to 0 to remove Chairwoman Gari Lafferty from office because she accepted gifts from the Washington NFL team. The...
article Tribal official faces impeachment after taking gifts from Dan Snyder
(Utah) -- Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: An exchange of trinkets and a free cross-country trip for a promise of goodwill didn’t work out so hot for...
article Tribe’s infighting offers glimpse into Redskins foundation’s tactics
(Utah) -- Last fall, Gari Lafferty and her husband left their remote Native American reservation in southern Utah and boarded a flight to the nation’s capital,...

4/1/2015

article Stop using Redskins football team name
(Montana) -- In the Readers Sound Off section of the Great Falls Tribune on March 17, Jaime Carolyn Pretell-Samsey from Alexandria, Va., mentioned several items in...
article Utah Paiute tribal leader accused of taking bribes from Washington Redskins, facing impeachment
(Utah) -- A Utah Paiute tribal leader accused of taking bribes from the Washington Redskins and is now facing impeachment.

3/31/2015

article Native Appropriations And New Media
(North Carolina) -- Washington's NFL team made headlines last year but not because of their record.

3/30/2015

article AP is considering its policy on ‘Redskins’
(Washington D.C.) -- A tidbit of news coming from the annual confab of the American Copy Editors Society: How to handle the controversy over the name “Redskins...
article Associated Press Mulls Future of R-Word In Stylebook
(USA) -- A hot topic this past week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the annual convention of the American Copy Editors Society was usage of the R-word as dictated by the...
article Washington Redskins NEWS: Associated Press May Remove 'Redskins' From Stylebook, Furthering Name Change Debate
(USA) -- The Washington Redskins are already facing the loss of their exclusive trademarks due to an American Indian campaign and a decision by the U.S. Patent and...

3/28/2015

article Halbritter on R-Word: 'When Many People Speak Out Change Can Happen'
(New York) -- Speaking at Columbia University in New York City Thursday night, Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said he believes the name of the...
article Washington Redskins: The Original Americans Foundation Falls Silent
(Washington D.C.) -- This time last year, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder had a big problem: His football team couldn’t stay out of the headlines.

3/25/2015

article MOYA-SMITH: The one word that schools are dropping
(Washington D.C.) -- For years, Native Americans have called on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team's name. It's a dictionary-defined racial...
article Oneida Nation rep speaks out against Washington’s NFL mascot
(New York) -- Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter will discuss Washington’s NFL mascot at two colleges in order to raise awareness for the name...
article WASHINGTON TIMES: Obama stiff-arms Constitution: Admin lawyers fight ‘Redskins’ trademark
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins’ name is commercial speech and isn’t the kind of free expression protected by the First Amendment, the Obama...

3/24/2015

article ESPN’s Olbermann blasts mascot supporters
(New York) -- Fox News. ESPN 2. The New York Times. The Washington Post. Even BuzzFeed. The Lancaster School Board’s decision last week to drop the “Redskins...
article Native American Challenges Indian Mascots At West Hartford's Forum
(New York) -- Christopher Newell, a Native American educator, challenged the notion that Indian mascots honor native culture at a forum discussion Tuesday. "I can...

3/21/2015

article Column: In dropping offensive mascot name, it’s never too soon to do the right thing
(New York) -- Roll over Elie Wiesel, and tell Martin Luther King the news. You know that up has become down, left is right and hot called cold when defenders of a...
article Editorial: Washington’s NFL team should take cues from a New York school district
(Washington D.C.) -- MEMBERS OF the board of education for the Lancaster school district in Upstate New York felt an obligation to “set an example” for...
article OUR VIEW: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(New York) -- BAD: Finding a common core at Lancaster High School in western New York proved to be quite a challenge this week. On Monday, the school board retired the...

3/20/2015

article Lancaster Supervisor upset about "Redskins" decision
(New York) -- Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli is upset about the town school board's decision to stop using "Redskins" as the mascot for the school...
article New York High School Board That Dropped “Redskins” Nickname Facing Backlash
(New York) -- The public outcry that drove an upstate New York high school to drop the nickname “Redskins” on Monday has roiled the town of 40,000 people...

3/19/2015

article Lancaster students returning to school after walk out over mascot change
(New York) -- Several hundred Lancaster students bolted from the high school and middle school Thursday morning and marched through the community to protest the district...
article Seneca Nation Leaders Say Mascot Change Can Be an Opportunity
(New York) -- It was a moment that Seneca Nation leaders say didn't come soon enough. The Lancaster School Board decided on Monday to retire the "Redskins...
article Students protest school’s decision to drop Redskins nickname
(New York) -- About 300 students walked out of their western New York school and through the streets on Thursday in protest of their district’s decision to retire...
article Conrad considers dropping Redskins nickname
(Delaware) -- For 80 years, in three iterations, they have been the Conrad Redskins. The school newspaper at the former Conrad High School was called the Smoke Signal....

3/17/2015

article Barry Snyder Sr. says Redskins’ name ‘doesn’t bother me at all’
(New York) -- A prominent Seneca Nation of Indians leader says the decision by the Lancaster School Board to drop the longtime "Redskins" nickname for its...
article Lancaster School Board votes to retire ‘Redskins’ name, mascot
(New York) -- The Lancaster School District is no longer the home of the mighty Redskins. After a packed special School Board meeting Monday night, the controversial...
article N.Y. school district does away with Redskins mascot amid rivals' boycott
(New York) -- A western New York school district will do away with its Redskins mascot and nickname after other districts in the region turned up the pressure by...
article New York School Board ‘Could Not Deny That’ ‘Redskins’ Is A Slur, Drops Mascot
(New York) -- The board of education in Lancaster, New York voted unanimously Monday night to quit using “Redskins” as Lancaster High School’s nickname...
article The ‘Redskins’ are no more — at least in Lancaster, N.Y.
(New York) -- The Redskins are no more in one western New York school district. The Lancaster Central School District School Board voted unanimously on Monday night to...
article ‘Lancaster Redskins’ Name Changed By High School After Other Districts Threatened To Boycott Games
(New York) -- The “Lancaster Redskins” are no more at a high school, feeling intense pressure to drop the racial name. According to the Associated Press, the...

3/16/2015

article Lancaster school board votes to change Redskins name
(New York) -- The Lancaster School District unanimously passed a resolution to change its controversial "Redskins" nickname during a special school board...
article New York high school votes to drop offensive nickname
(New York) -- A western New York school district will do away with its offensive mascot and nickname after other districts in the region turned up the pressure by...

3/15/2015

article Curley: ACLU Takes Wrong Turn Defending R-Word
(New York) -- On March 6, the American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] sided with the Washington Redskins in an amicus brief it filed on behalf of the copy.6 billion...
article Letter: Fight over name illustrates problems with our culture
(New York) -- The coverage of the Lancaster Redskins team name is an illustration of two things wrong with American culture. The first is that when discussing this topic...
article Letter: Lancaster School District needs to evolve with times
(New York) -- As a white citizen, some might call me paleface and say it’s OK; I have no right to publicly comment on what any other race/ethnic group finds...
article Letter: Nickname doesn’t define great Lancaster students
(New York) -- “Sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you.” A useful phrase. We don’t want children coming home every time...

3/11/2015

article Genocide Empowers Laura Ingraham to Be Ignorant About Offensive ‘Redskin’ Mascots
(Oregon) -- On Tuesday, Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham was asked by Fox News host Brian Kilmeade what she thought of the “crazy behavior” of two high...
article Opinion: Let’s Honor Our White Ancestors By Continuing Use Of The Redskins Moniker
(New York) -- Dear Western New York, As most of you know, our special little town has been thrust into a national limelight over a so-called “controversy”...

3/10/2015

article As ‘Redskins’ Issue Splits Upstate Community, District Is in No Rush to Decide
(New York) -- One week after a community forum intended to promote dialogue over the use of the nickname “Redskins” for scholastic sports teams, this Buffalo...
article MORON ALERT: Laura Ingraham mocks ‘Redskins’ protests: Native Americans think it’s ‘their Selma moment’
(USA) -- Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham suggested on Tuesday that Native Americans and students in New York opposed “Redskins” as a mascot only...

3/9/2015

article ACLU sides with Redskins, says trademark should be permitted
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team’s name. The ACLU filed papers last...
article ACLU’s Strange Fight for ‘Redskin’ Trademark
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins football team makes millions of dollars on merchandise under the U.S. government’s trademark of the name, a revenue...
article GALANDA: Shame On You, ACLU, For Defending Dan Snyder’s “Racist” Trademark
(Washington) -- We have closely collaborated with the ACLU in defense of Native civil liberties (see here and here) and even advertised ourselves as proud partners of...
article MORON ALERT: Petition to rename Buffalo, NY used as critique of Redskins controversy
(New York) -- For the record, Mark Beasley doesn’t really want the city of Buffalo to change its name. But his petition isn’t exactly a joke either. It turns...

3/7/2015

article ACLU argues that cancellation of Redskins trademark violates the First Amendment
(Washington D.C.) -- The Patent & Trademark Office held last year that the Redskins’ federal trademark must be canceled, because a federal statute bars...
article Akron and Lake Shore cancel lacrosse games with Lancaster
(New York) -- The little Akron school district – where one in 10 students is Native American – made a big statement Friday when it decided to boycott an...
article Akron lacrosse team cancels game over Redskins mascot
(New York) -- The debate over whether the Lancaster School District should keep their “Redskins” mascot has taken a dramatic turn. The Akron lacrosse team...
article High school lacrosse team being shunned over Redskins nickname
(New York) -- Two Western New York school districts have called off lacrosse games against an opponent because of its use of the Redskins nickname and mascot.
article Lancaster Mascot Debate Gains Momentum [video]
(New York) -- Native American leaders say the cancellation of two lacrosse games against Lancaster is a great learning opportunity for the community.
article Second Buffalo-area school cancels lacrosse game with Lancaster over Redskins nickname
(New York) -- A second Buffalo-area high school has joined with Akron, which Friday cancelled a boys lacrosse game against Lancaster because of the school's nickname.

3/6/2015

article ACLU Defends Redskins' Free Speech Rights, Says Government Shouldn't Intervene
(Washington D.C.) -- While the group remains a harsh critic of the Redskins name, the ACLU on Friday condemned the government's involvement on the issue. "The...
article ACLU to Redskins owner: 'You're not wrong, you're just an a**hole'
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is siding with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder in his trademark battle against the federal...
article Akron lacrosse team considers boycotting Lancaster game over mascot issue
(New York) -- As Lancaster debates whether the school district’s sports teams should continue to remain the “Redskins,” the lacrosse team at a...
article School team cancels game over rival’s Redskins name
(New York) -- A suburban school district with numerous Native American students on Friday canceled a boys’ lacrosse game against a district that is debating...
article Two schools cancel games against Lancaster Redskins
(New York) -- The national debate over teams that use the “Redskins” mascot is taking a new turn. Two school districts outside of Buffalo have canceled their...

3/5/2015

article MEET THE MORON: New Fake Indian Joins Old Fake Indian In NY High School's R-Word Fight
(New York) -- The "Redskins" name controversy has played out all over America for years now, in precincts high and low. It's now turned up, though, in the...

3/4/2015

article Another Voice: “Redskin” mascot is offensive and promotes a hostile learning environment.
(New York) -- It is time to end the “tradition” in Lancaster of using a team mascot that promotes offensive stereotypes and creates a hostile learning...
article Division persists after mascot forum
(New York) -- Tensions ran high on Tuesday night during the hours leading up to the Lancaster School District’s Community Engagement Session on its controversial...

3/3/2015

article Debate over Redskins name heats up with charges, counter-charges
(New York) -- The loud and sometimes angry debate raging in Lancaster isn’t just about the propriety of preserving the Redskins name and mascot. In the hours...
article Debate Over ‘Redskins’ as Nickname Trickles Down to Buffalo Suburb
(New York) -- Hundreds of people in this Buffalo suburb braved a freezing rain Tuesday night to pack into the Lancaster Central High School cafeteria and debate an issue...
article Hundreds come out for forum on Lancaster "Redskins" mascot
(New York) -- The Lancaster school community came out in full force tonight at a public forum to discuss whether or not the school should change its mascot. Groups are...
article Rally held in support of "Redskins" nickname
(New York) -- At least 500 people attended a rally Tuesday evening at Lancaster High School in support of the school district's controversial 'Redskins'...
article Supporters go to great lengths to keep Redskins mascot at Buffalo-area high school
(New York) -- Lancaster Central High School, near Buffalo, has used the Redskins mascot for nearly 70 years. A community forum will be held at the high school Tuesday...

2/28/2015

article COLUMN: There’s no excuse for Lancaster to cling to nickname
(New York) -- I have to hand it to him. John Kane isn’t angry, bitter or resentful. He has spent an adult lifetime observing, and sometimes suffering, the slings...

2/25/2015

article Ike Leggett lets clock run on asking county council to back name change for Redskins
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s been more than year since Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said he intended to ask the County Council to go on record as...
article BLOG: The Washington Redskins: Team, Term and Truth
(USA) -- Even if you are not a football fan or even care about Native American issues, you have likely heard about the Washington Redskins name “issue.”

2/24/2015

article Redskins: Canceling trademark violates free-speech rights
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal government decision to cancel the Washington Redskins' trademark because it may be disparaging infringes on free-speech rights and...

2/21/2015

article XIT Asks 'Who's the Savage?' in Anti-Redskins Rock Anthem
(USA) -- Seminal Native American rock group XIT, dubbed the Beatles of Indian country for the popularity of their early-70s albums Plight of the Redman (1972) and Silent...

2/19/2015

article Local Native America says using 'Redskins' for sports names is 'absurd.'
(New York) -- A banner was raised over Central Avenue in the village of Lancaster that supports keeping the school district sports name Redskin. The Lancaster School...

2/18/2015

article Quaker school bans ‘Redskins’
(Maryland) -- The students gathered in the historic Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House, a white clapboard building that forms the heart of the Quaker school. Normally,...

2/17/2015

article Lancaster banner highlights upcoming fight over ‘Redskin’ mascot
(New York) -- The battle over the nickname and mascot for Lancaster’s school teams became even more obvious Tuesday when a “Save The Redskin Tradition...

2/15/2015

article Md. private school bans use of the ‘R-word’ on campus to promote equality
(Maryland) -- The students gathered in the historic Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House, a white clapboard building that forms the heart of the Quaker school. Normally,...

2/13/2015

article Md. private school bans use of the ‘R-word’ on campus to promote equality
(Maryland) -- The students gathered in the historic Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House, a white clapboard building that forms the heart of the Quaker school. Normally,...

2/10/2015

article Yet Another Federal Lawmaker Introduces Anti-Washington Football Team Bill
(Washington) -- If the Washington football team won't change their team name, then lawmakers will force them to. At least that's the method that many members of...

2/9/2015

press release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Law Firms Rally to Boycott Corporate Sponsors of the D.C. N.F.L. Team
(Washington) -- The Seattle-based law firm of Kanji & Katzen PLLC has answered the call of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and has voted to boycott the D.C. N.F....
article Washington Redskins Trademark To Be Challenged By California Democrat’s New Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins continue to come under pressure to change their moniker, which many have deemed offensive to Native Americans, this time via...
article BLOG: The Washington Redsk*ns PR campaign is moving forward - but is it going in the right direction?
(Ohio) -- 20 years ago I traveled to Maryland for a week-long training workshop on the basics of Community Organizing and Advocacy. I continued my training with smaller...
article United South and Eastern Tribes Oppose R-Word, Support Bill to Revoke Trademarks
(Washington D.C.) -- The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) on Monday endorsed a bill that would remove all trademark protections of the Washington NFL team as long...
article USET endorses legislation to revoke Redskins trademarks
(North Carolina) -- The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) strongly endorsed a bill on Monday, Feb. 9 that would remove all trademark protections of the Washington...

2/6/2015

article Two Men, One Cause: Elected Officials in D.C., Denver Take on Native American Mascots
(New York) -- Two House Representatives – one at the federal level and one at the state – are both working simultaneously to eradicate offensive Native...
article BLOG: Why I Believe Native American Mascots Should Go
(Connecticut) -- My husband and I are fans of Washington, D.C.’s football team, which means we (especially my husband—I’m a fan because he’s a...

2/5/2015

article A California Lawmaker Is Trying (Again) to Force Washington's NFL Team to Change Its Racist Name
(USA) -- Washington's pro football team faces yet another challenge over its name and logo, this time from Congress. On Tuesday, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.)...
article California congressman goes after Redskins name
(USA) -- Rep. Michael Honda, a Democrat from California, represents a constituence 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but he’s the latest politician trying to rid...
article OP/ED: A tribute to bravery, tenacity and will
(Pennsylvania) -- With regard to the Neshaminy Redskins and The Playwickian: I heartily disagree with school management’s previous stance regarding the student...
article West Hartford Debate On Native American Mascots Moves To Community Forum
(Connecticut) -- A long-running debate over whether Native Americans are appropriate mascots for the town's two public high schools will move to a community forum on...

2/4/2015

article California congressman wants to bar federal trademark protection for ‘Redskins’
(Washington D.C.) -- A California congressman introduced a bill this week that would ban existing and future federal trademarks for any sports team that uses the term...
article House Bill Would Revoke Washington NFL Team's Trademarks
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduced legislation Tuesday that would revoke trademarks for the Washington NFL team for as long as the franchise...

2/3/2015

article Former Redskins receiver Charlie Brown says ‘it’s nonsense’ to compare team name with slurs against blacks
(Washington D.C.) -- If it’s Super Bowl week, then former Redskins players will be doing interviews with radio stations around the country. And if former Redskins...
article Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig on Redskins: "Would it be OK for the Kansas City Negroes or the Blackskins?"
(Wisconsin) -- Bronson Koenig, a sophomore point guard for Wisconsin who we’ve said is on the trajectory toward becoming a household name, was also profiled by Fox...

2/2/2015

article Heard Museum hosts panel to discuss Native American stereotypes in sports mascots
(Arizona) -- The Heard Museum on Friday evening hosted a panel discussion that tackled the issue of indigenous stereotypes in sports. The panel, “Indigenous...
article Super Bowl 2015: Protesters Use National Spotlight To Fight Hate, Domestic Violence
(Arizona) -- Several groups in Arizona capitalized on the spotlight around Super Bowl XLIX Sunday by staging protests around the venue. Before kickoff, at least one...
article Redskins spent $180,000 lobbying to keep name, Patriots all in for Democrats
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins, under attack from some congressional leaders over its “racist” image, spent $180,000 to lobby for its name,...

2/1/2015

article How the NFL beat the rap
(Washington) -- “It’s been a tough year,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England...

1/30/2015

article Native American Activists Tell NFL ‘No More’ Stereotypes-Hold Vigil/Protest at Super Bowl
(Arizona) -- Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a national group of Native parents dedicated to ending the mascotting of Native people and their allies from across...
article Protesters ready to rally against Redskins name on Super Sunday
(Arizona) -- A season of opposition to the name of Washington’s NFL team will be capped on Super Bowl Sunday by a protest march and rally in downtown Phoenix the...
article FENELON: Roots of “Redskins”: Savages, Saints, Saviors in the American Psyche
(California) -- The root of “Redskins” is the ideological stereotype of the initial savage of Hispaniola, the fearsome enemy icon of the colonial conquests,...
article FRIEDMAN: The NFL 'Playbook' for Defending Racism Against American Indians
(New York) -- It's time for us all to adopt a new playbook that truly honors American Indians. It's time for the Washington football team to change its name.

1/29/2015

article BLOG: The NFL 'Playbook' for Defending Racism Against American Indians
(USA) -- It's time for us all to adopt a new playbook that truly honors American Indians. It's time for the Washington football team to change its name. The...

1/28/2015

article Blackhorse: My Face-to-Face With Dan Snyder's Chum, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
(Arizona) -- The Change the Mascot movement has taken the world by storm in the last two years. The momentum has grown tremendously and the Native voice has been heard...

1/25/2015

article Change the Mascot Campaign Releases Powerful Big Game Ad in Continued Effort to Change the Washington NFL Team’s Offensive Mascot
(New York) -- The National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation launched a new ad Friday as part of their Change the Mascot campaign.

1/24/2015

article Could The Battle Over 'Redskins' Change Trademark Law?
(Washington D.C.) -- In his yearly State of Indian Nations address Thursday, Brian Cladoosby — president of the National Congress of American Indians —...
article New Change the Mascot ad: Without 'Redskins,' still Washington football
(USA) -- Take away the controversial "Redskins" logo and "it's still Washington football." That's the message in a new online ad released...
article James Giago Davies: Washington team insults the first Americans
(South Dakota) -- It is hard to imagine how people could argue in favor of a flagrantly racist nickname like the Redskins, but that a majority of White people don’...

1/23/2015

article Native American Group Releases Ad To Prove D.C. Football Would Survive Without 'Redskins' Name
(Washington D.C.) -- An online ad released Friday hopes to show what a Washington NFL game would be like without its controversial mascot.
article New Change the Mascot ad imagines a Washington football team without the Redskins name
(Washington D.C.) -- The Change the Mascot campaign released a new online ad targeting the Redskins’ team name Friday, timed with the upcoming Super Bowl. The 30-...
article Oneida release ad about Redskins mascot: ‘Take it away and it’s still Washington football’
(Washington D.C.) -- The campaign to change the Washington Redskins team name continues. The “Change the Mascot” hopes to end the practice of using “r*...
article Washington Redskins Name Change: American Indian Groups Release New Ad Ahead Of Super Bowl
(Washington D.C.) -- A pair of American Indian advocacy groups pushing for the Washington Redskins' football club to change the team's name and mascot released a...
article Watch What Football Looks Like Without a Redskins Logo
(Washington D.C.) -- You might not have to wait until Super Bowl Sunday to see the best football ad of the year. Days before car and beer giants will air their glitzy...

1/22/2015

article OP/ED: Distaste grows for Washington football team’s name, even among some NFL allies
(Washington D.C.) -- OFFICIALS WITH Washington’s football team have defended the team’s name by arguing that its fans and many Americans, including some who...

1/21/2015

article Native Americans weigh in on 'Redskins' name
(New York) -- Wednesday, the school board in Lancaster got input from Native Americans about the use of the team name Redskins. Board members said the purpose was to...

1/20/2015

article More pressure mounts on Dan Snyder to change the racial epithet that is his NFL team's name
(Washington D.C.) -- So far, Dan Snyder, the unrepentant owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team, has faced down pressure from President Obama, half...

1/19/2015

article Civil rights group asks Washington Redskins to change name
(Washington) -- The civil rights group that forced the NFL to change its minority hiring practices is now backing efforts to persuade the Washington Redskins to rename...
article Civil Rights Group With Close NFL Ties Calls For Washington Football Team Name Change
(Washington D.C.) -- While Native American groups continue their campaign to get the Washington football team to change their name and logo, other activist and civil...

1/18/2015

article Civil rights group closely allied with the NFL calls for the Redskins to change its name
(Washington D.C.) -- After failing for months to persuade Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to meet with Native Americans opposed to the team’s name, a...

1/17/2015

article Oneida Indian Nation funds anti-Redskins robocall blitz
(Washington D.C.) -- A series of prerecorded phone messages denouncing the Redskins' name are being placed to homes in the D.C. metro area.

1/16/2015

article 'Without the Name, It's Still D.C. Football': Washington Fans Seek Name Change With Phone Campaign
(New York) -- Fans of the Washington football team who love the club but hate the R-word are hoping to inspire other fans to get on the change-the-name train.
article Washington Football Team Name-Change Advocates Resort To Robocalling
(Washington D.C.) -- Get ready for a barrage of robocalls advocating for the Washington football team to change their name. The group of Native Americans advocating for...
article You Might Be Getting a Phone Call About the Redskins’ Name Soon
(Washington D.C.) -- The next presidential election is still 22 months away, but Washington-area residents are about to get blitzed with thousands of automated phone...
article Mea Culpa: Washington Football Team Fan Apologizes For Flipping Off Protesters
(New York) -- A fan of the Washington football team who was made infamous after he was photographed in December flipping off protesters outside FedEx Field in Landover,...
article Offensive T-Shirt Sponsored on Facebook Links Native Americans With Drinking
(New York) -- Activist and ICTMN columnist Amanda Blackhorse, Diné, was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning when a disturbing image cropped up on her feed.
article OP/ED: The Redskins: A Yankee Doodle Moment
(USA) -- Once again, the controversy over the symbol and name of the Washington Redskins is in the news. Some Native-Americans are saying that it is "disrespectful...
article The role model: Deejay NDN is no redskin and no warrior
(Ottawa) -- If you’re going to fight the “Redskins,” you’ll need a thick skin. “Oh, man, do you ever,” says Ian Campeau, better known...
article What Redskins and Charlie Hebdo Have in Common
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins finished the season well out of the National Football League playoffs -- but the court case involving the trademark on the...

1/15/2015

article Native American group launches anti-'Redskins' telephone campaign
(Washington D.C.) -- The Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians have launched a telephone campaign asking NFL fans to petition league leaders...

1/12/2015

article Redskins, DeLorean, BitTorrent: Intellectual Property
(New York) -- The U.S. Justice Department has intervened in the legal fight between the Washington Redskins professional football team and a federal trademark board that...

1/11/2015

article DOJ backs Native activists in battle over racist NFL trademarks
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice is intervening in a dispute over the racist trademarks of the Washington NFL team. In Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc.,...

1/10/2015

article 'Redskin' licence plate causes Moncton social media storm
(New Brunswick) -- A social-media storm is brewing over a licence plate stamped with what many consider to be a racially offensive word.
article Justice Department intervenes in Redskins trademark case
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that it would intervene in the trademark case involving the Washington NFL club's team name to defend...
article Justice Department intervenes in Redskins' trademark lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department announced Friday that it is intervening in the Washington Redskins' trademark protection lawsuit, according to the...
article Redskins Must Now Fight U.S. in Battle Over Team’s Name
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins, in a legal fight to retain trademark protection for the football team’s name, must now go head-to-head with the U.S....
article MORON ALERT: 'How the Redskins Got Their Name,' a children's book review by PFT Commenter
(USA) -- RedskinsFacts promoted a children's book about the history behind the term "Redskin," so I sat down to review it. All spelling errors are...

1/9/2015

article Dump the ‘Redskins’ Movement Presses Ahead
(Washington D.C.) -- Hundreds of Native American protestors and their supporters staged a rally Dec. 28, outside the Landover, Md. Stadium where home games are played by...
article Justice Department intervenes in Redskins trademark protection lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- The group of Native Americans fighting the Washington Redskins over the team’s trademark protections in a federal lawsuit got an important...

1/8/2015

article BLOG: Meeting with an NBC News Director about the “R” word
(Arizona) -- Note: Last fall a handful of Native American youth had two opportunities to meet with the News Director from 12 News, a Phoenix NBC affiliate station, to...

1/6/2015

article BECCIO: Native American Youth Have A Message For The NFL
(Washington D.C.) -- The NFL is reeling after it has become obvious to society that the league has lost its moral compass. In response, they have enacted various forms...
article Washington NFL Team Loses in Football but Claims Philanthropic Success
(Washington D.C.) -- Stories from 2014 still reverberate in 2015, including the continuing travails of the NFL team in Washington, D.C., and its intransigent owner, Dan...

1/5/2015

article COMMENTARY: “Redskins”: Just a name?
(North Carolina) -- How would you define yourself? Native American, American Indian, Indian, Native, Indigenous, Aboriginal? What about “redskin”? By...
article Some White People (Other Than Dan Snyder) Can't Give Up Their Native American Nicknames
(USA) -- One of the defenses the National Football League’s Washington Redskins cites for its continued use of what a lot of people, and not just Native Americans...

1/3/2015

article ‘Redskins’ Controversy Goes Beyond NFL
(Colorado) -- The NFL playoffs start this weekend. The Washington Redskins didn’t qualify, but protests about the team’s name are still in the news. In...

1/1/2015

article 2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports
(USA) -- Race is a constant underlying theme in American sports — in conversations about labor vs. ownership, social responsibility, changing demographics and...
article Analysis finds 27% decrease in Redskins mentions on NFL broadcasts
(USA) -- Mentions of the word "Redskins" on NFL broadcasts decreased 27 percent from last season, according to an analysis from Deadspin. That percentage...
article 'Redskins' school mascots would be phased out under bill
(California) -- A California lawmaker is attempting to force four high schools in the Golden State that use "Redskins" as their mascots to abandon the...
article Change mascot to 'Braves'
(Pennsylvania) -- It amazes me how many times people have written to this paper about the name of the Neshaminy High School mascot. I will admit that to me, the mascot...

12/31/2014

article Dump the ‘Redskins’ movement presses ahead
(Washington D.C.) -- Hundreds of Native American protestors and their supporters staged a rally Dec. 28, outside the Landover, Md. Stadium where home games are played by...
article 'Redskins' mentions declined 27 percent on NFL broadcasts this year
(USA) -- The Washington Redskins' name came under its sharpest assault in team history in 2014, with organizations mobilizing to condemn it as a slur.
article Blackhorse: We Will Overcome; the Fight Against Indian Mascots Continues in 2015
(Arizona) -- This year has been a year of ups and downs, but by far this year has marked a tremendous amount of progress in the Change the Name movement.
article California Considers 'Redskins' Ban For All Schools
(California) -- Amid national controversy over sports teams’ use of Native American slurs and tribe names, California is considering a statewide ban all schools...
article To 10 DC Pro Sports Stories of 2014: 5. Redskins Name Controversy
(Washington D.C.) -- The controversy over the Washington Redskins name — whether the team should change its name because it is racist and disparaging towards...
article Native Children: A Childhood Unlike Any Others
(Illinois) -- Yet, here in Washington DC this past weekend our children faced screaming Washington R*dskins fans, fans in full red-face paint and make-up, middle fingers...

12/30/2014

article Redskins: Right or Wrong?
(Maryland) -- Ian Washburn is a white, 37-year-old real estate broker, wears burgundy and gold, and spends his Sundays agonizing over the misfortunes of Washington...
article The Washington Redskins' Nightmare Season Just Ended in the Perfect Way
(Washington D.C.) -- It's been a rocky year for Dan Snyder. As the Washington Redskins put the final touches on a truly embarrassing season on Sunday, the team owner...
article Washington Redskins Name Change: Announcers Avoiding Team Nickname On Air [VIDEO]
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins have been involved in a controversy over their team name all season long, and team owner Daniel Snyder insists that he will...
article New California bill aims to rid school 'redskins' mascots
(California) -- A new bill being considered in the California legislature could ban all public schools in the state from using "Redskins" as their mascots,...

12/29/2014

article At Washington's Final Home Game, Activists Rally Against Team's Name
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday, the Washington football team ended their disappointing 2014 season with a predictably lousy 44-17 loss against the Dallas Cowboys. It...
article Native American Groups Protest ‘Redskins’ Name Outside Washington’s Final Home Game
(Washington D.C.) -- Sunday brought a merciful end to another miserable season for Washington’s NFL team, and along with it, yet another protest against the team...
article Opponents Of 'Redskins' Team Name Hold Largest Ever Protest At Washington Home Game
(Washington D.C.) -- More than 100 demonstrators gathered Sunday outside FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, home of Washington's NFL team, to protest its name and...

12/28/2014

article At FedEx Field, Redskins name protesters exchange sharp words with fans
(Washington D.C.) -- In a year marked by significant moments for opponents of the Washington Redskins mascot, they achieved yet another one on Sunday, this time outside...
article Native American group representing Not Your Mascot marches on DC 12/28/14
(Washington D.C.) -- Not Your Mascot is the theme today for a march on DC addressing the Washington professional football team and it's fans with the contested name.
article Protesters show up in Washington over team name
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s been largely dormant for most of the season, but the challenge to the Washington team name has found new life on the last weekend of the...
article Redskins name protesters stage rally near FedEx Field
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington Redskins name opponents are staging a rally Sunday morning near FedEx Field, the first significant protest targeting the team’s...
article ‘No honor in racist names': Redskins stadium flooded with protests
(Washington D.C.) -- In a league rife with domestic violence issues, the Redskins’ team name debate has been pushed to the periphery. Many in Washington are aiming...

12/27/2014

article Clyde Bellecourt Among Speakers Protesting Washington NFL Team’s Name Outside FedEx Field Sunday
(Washington D.C.) -- Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, will be among the guest speakers outside FedEx Field on Sunday, December 28, 2014 for...
article Name Changed: Washington Team 'Scalp Out Cancer' Event Renamed to 'Shave Out Cancer'
(Washington D.C.) -- The name changed. The title of a charity event, hosted by fans of the Washington football team, was changed in the short time after The Washington...
article Neshaminy nickname pays homage to Native Americans
(Pennsylvania) -- A keen sense of anticipation must have filled the noisy wooden hallways of the old Langhorne High School on Cherry Street. On a winter school day, Jan...

12/26/2014

article Name Changed: Washington Team 'Scalp Out Cancer' Event Renamed to 'Shave Out Cancer'
(Maryland) -- The title of a charity event, hosted by fans of the Washington football team, was changed in the short time after The Washington Post ran a story Friday on...
article Redskins protesters gearing up for FedEx Field rally offended by nearby event’s title
(Maryland) -- Opponents of the Washington Redskins name have staged protests over the past two years from California to Texas, Arizona to Minnesota. They have also taken...

12/25/2014

article David Letterman on Washington NFL Name: “Haven’t They Have Suffered Enough?…Change the Name”
(New York) -- David Letterman, the long-time host of CBS’ “Late Show” has weighed on American Indians’ call to have the name of the Washington...
article Guest Post: What’s in a Name? On Sports Teams and Scalp Bounties
(New York) -- As many in the D.C. area can tell you, the Washington NFL franchise—known to thousands of its fans as the Redskins—lost each of the four games...

12/24/2014

article Challenge to L.A. TV Station’s License Over ‘Redskins’ Is Dropped
(California) -- Larry Smith, a Native American radio host, has withdrawn his petition to deny the license renewal for Fox’s KTTV in Los Angeles, reports B&C....

12/23/2014

article Petitioner Drops KTTV License Challenge Over 'Redskins'
(California) -- Native American radio host Larry Smith has withdrawn his petition to deny the renewal of Fox's KTTV Los Angeles, according to a copy of the document...

12/21/2014

article David Letterman spent five minutes on the world’s worst Redskins joke
(Washington D.C.) -- There’s only one issue connected with the Redskins name debate that people on all sides agree on: that the suggestion the franchise should...
article NERBURN: I Just Fixed The Redskins Problem! You're Welcome
(Minnesota) -- I have watched with interest as the brouhaha over the Washingon Redskins team name as it spilled over from our nation’s capital to the deepest...
article Norman Chad: Name not the only thing Snyder has botched
(West Virginia) -- Daniel Snyder might be the luckiest white man owning a Native American-honored sports franchise in America. Despite occasional outcry over his...
article Neshaminy incurred $26K in attorney fees over mascot name issues
(Pennsylvania) -- The Neshaminy School District has incurred more than $26,000 in legal fees regarding a state complaint and the fight with the high school’s...
article West County Corner: What’s in a name? Choose wisely
(California) -- Jefferson High School in Daly City, where I went to school, was established in 1922 and borrowed from the two biggest universities around: the colors...
article ‘Redskins’ name meant to honor, not debase Native Americans
(Kentucky) -- Although the NFL team the “Washington Redskins” has had much controversy over their “racially slurred” name, I believe the popular...

12/20/2014

article Why The 'Redskins' Name Can't Be Separated From The Bigger Issues Native Americans Face
(USA) -- Earlier this year, the on-field humiliation of the Washington football team was briefly overshadowed by increasingly vocal disapproval of the team name and...

12/19/2014

article #NotYourMascot #ChangeTheName #NoHonorInRacism Rally Against the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field
(Washington D.C.) -- A coalition of Native organizations announce a march and rally to protest against the Washington football team at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland...
article Native American Group Plans Super Bowl Ad Against ‘Redskins’ Name
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans opposed to the continued use of “Redskins” as the name of Washington’s NFL team gained widespread attention...
article Parents support decision to end land run, change mascot
(Oregon) -- Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a national group of Native American parents dedicated to ending the use of Native mascots, have shown support for the...

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