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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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2/7/2016

article George Brown College under fire for ad during ‘Redskins’ game
(Ontario) -- Brad Gallant, a Qalipu Mi’Kmaq man who lives in Mississauga, has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against George Brown...

2/3/2016

article NFL Owner Robert McNair Supports 'Redskins,' Says Cherokees Couldn’t Hold Their Whiskey
(New York) -- In a New York Times interview with Robert McNair, owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans, the self-made multi-billionaire told Times correspondent Mark...

2/2/2016

article BBC Asked Not to Use 'Redskins'
(UK) -- A columnist for British newspaper The Independent has called on the BBC not to use the term "Redskins" to refer to the Washington NFL team when the...

1/27/2016

article NFL-themed restaurant won't carry Washington's team name as planned
(Washington) -- A restaurant planned for Ashburn that was to to be called “Redskins Grille” and be themed around Washington’s NFL team has changed the...
article Washington NFL Team to Play at Anti-Racism Stadium in London
(USA) -- The Washington NFL team controversy is going global. On October 30, 2016 the team is slated to play the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

1/22/2016

article Goshen High School honors tradition of Redskins mascot with open house, commemorative T-shirt
(Indiana) -- Although Goshen has entered a new era of the “RedHawks Rising,” the 90-year Redskins tradition will live on in the hallways of Goshen High...
article Local Native Americans call for mascot change
(California) -- One of Randy Celaya’s most memorable moments at Tulare Western didn’t come in a classroom. It came during a brawl between students and staff...

1/20/2016

article Proposed law would ban 'Redskins' name in schools
(Washington) -- A pair of laws being considered in Washington's abbreviated 2016 legislative session would ban the use of the name "Redskins" at public...
article Native Americans: Negative impacts of media portrayals, stereotypes
(USA) -- Controversies around the continued use of Native American mascots for high schools and professional sports teams have reached a fever pitch in recent years,...

1/18/2016

article Chelsea Handler criticizes Redskins team name in essay
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s essentially Chelsea Handler’s job as a comedian to make fun of people. The more politically incorrect the punchlines, the better....
article Chelsea Handler: I Can’t Sit Indian-Style Anymore
(Washington D.C.) -- The comedian and star of the upcoming Netflix documentary series Chelsea Does, premiering Jan. 23, writes about how America has become too damn...
article LETTER: History shows why the Washington football team’s name is unacceptable
(Washington D.C.) -- The Jan. 12 editorial “Come back to the District” offered good reasons for the Washington football team, with a new name, to return to...

1/15/2016

article Redskins foundation gave $3.7 million to more than 20 tribes, the team says
(Washington D.C.) -- The foundation Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder created to support Native Americans contributed $3.7 million during its first year, providing...

1/14/2016

article Dan Snyder and D.C.’s mayor: He won’t return phone calls. She won’t say Redskins.
(Washington D.C.) -- D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has made fast friends of Washington’s sports elite in her first year in office. She was an early backer of the...

1/9/2016

article Change the Mascot Wants CBS Not to Use Name of Washington NFL Team
(New York) -- On Thursday, critics of the name of the Washington football team issued a letter to CBS requesting that the television network not use the R-word to...
article A Native American Parent Confronts a Pervasive NFL Slur
(USA) -- "Intending to honor something is a lot different than actually honoring it." So said John Oliver, the host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight,...

1/7/2016

article American Group Not to Use Redskins Name If Team Gets to Super Bowl
(California) -- “We are hopeful that CBS will honor its own venerable legacy by doing what it can to make sure the program is respectful and civil — and is...

1/6/2016

article COMMENTARY: Court ruling is right: Government should stay on sidelines of 'Redskins' debate
(Minnesota) -- The debate over team names and mascots derived from Native Americans has been going on for decades, and it’s not about to stop. Since the 1970s,...
article Source: Redskins advance plans to relocate, hire Google’s architect for new stadium
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins have hired Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group to design a new stadium for the team, according to an official...

1/4/2016

article BLOG: The Difference Between “The Redskins” Case and Ours
(USA) -- Ever since the news about the cancellation of The Redskins’ trademark registration got out, people have been calling and emailing us about our case. It...

1/3/2016

article Game On: AIM Protests Washington NFL Team’s Racist Name outside AT&T Stadium
(Texas) -- Dozens of American Indians and allies protested outside of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas today, Sunday, January 3, 2016 prior to Sunday’s NFL...
article OP/ED: No More Cowboys Vs. Indians NFL
(Oregon) -- Since 1960 the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington NFL team have enjoyed a rivalry what Sports Illustrated has called “one of the greatest in sports....
article Editorial: Washington Redskins and other offensive names
(Illinois) -- The debate over team names and mascots derived from Native Americans has been going on for decades, and it's not about to stop.
article OP/ED: Sorting racist language from bad taste
(Australia) -- The incident came and went quickly. In the middle of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race organisers tweeted a photo of a floundering boat called Indian and made...

1/2/2016

press release NFL: Stop Playing Cowboys and Indians
(Texas) -- A grassroots group of people from the Native American communities of Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona will host a rally to protest the NFL team from Washington DC...

12/31/2015

article Washington Redskins Politically Incorrect Memorabilia Still Rankles
(Washington D.C.) -- In my last post I wrote about a politically incorrect, 1930s postcard up for sale in a Lelands auction showing an unhappy Jim Thorpe, the great...
article Bill Newman: What’s in a name? On protecting even racist trademarks and the court of public opinion
(New Hampshire) -- This column tells the story of the ongoing battle between the United States government on one side and the curious combination of the Washington...

12/26/2015

article BLOG: Branding Strategy for Redskins and You
(USA) -- Here’s a Christmas present for Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins. This is the gift for the man who has everything—in the tradition of Machiavelli...
article OP/ED: Dolphins owner's anti-racism group should address team name
(Florida) -- It is a sad fact that racism is still deeply embedded in our society in 2015. As Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross recently and correctly said of its...

12/25/2015

article Washington NFL Team Thong ‘Elegant Way to Show Off Pride’
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington football team is currently selling white-lace thongs bearing the team’s logo on its store website. The team, which is in the...

12/24/2015

article Blackhorse: A Year Later, Less Hate Mail – Still I Fight
(USA) -- It’s been an entire year since I wrote the piece on hate mail. At the time, it was my intention to showcase the all-too-common-but-hidden stereotypes and...

12/23/2015

article The Slants and the Redskins: ‘We are unlikely allies,’ band’s founder says
(Washington D.C.) -- When Simon Tam founded his Asian American music band the Slants in 2006, he never imagined he’d wind up forging a common cause with an NFL...
article US court ruling may strengthen Redskins trademark case
(Washington D.C.) -- A US court has struck down part of a law that allows the government to ban disparaging trademarks, a move that could help the Washington Redskins as...
article Washington Redskins may be able to trademark their name after all
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins may be able to trademark their controversial name after all. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, December 22, 2015, that...

12/22/2015

article Court ruling for a rock band could boost Redskins in trademark case
(Washington D.C.) -- In a major decision that could bolster the Washington Redskins’ legal defense of its name, a federal appeals court said Tuesday that the U.S....
article Ruling Could Help Washington Redskins in Trademark Case
(Washington D.C.) -- In a ruling that could bolster the Washington Redskins’ legal case to keep the registered trademarks to their name, a federal appeals court...

12/18/2015

article Tacoma legislator wants Wellpinit to abandon Redskins mascot
(Washington) -- Wellpinit High School could be banned from calling its team “Redskins.” Businesses could have to make more accommodations for pregnant women...
article What's In A Name: Washington Redskins Controversy
(Maryland) -- Everyone from the FCC to sports fans to Native Americans to presidential candidates has a view on the Washington NFL team name.

12/16/2015

article U.S. Jewish Reform Groups Call on NFL's Washington Redskins to Change Name
(Washington D.C.) -- 'The logo, seemingly attempting to draw upon the archetype of an Indian warrior, blatantly mocks a culture that struggles to survive,' Rabbi...

12/15/2015

article MORON ALERT: ‘Redskin’ banning law to face challenge
(California) -- The state law banning the use of “Redskin” as mascot for public-funded schools will face a challenge. Gustine Mayor Dennis Brazil said it...
article Top Reform bodies renew call for Redskins to change name, logo
(USA) -- Two top Reform movement groups reiterated their call on the Washington Redskins NFL franchise to change its name and logo. “’Redskin’ is a...

12/14/2015

article Oklahoma School District Keeps Redskins Mascot
(Oklahoma) -- The school board of McLoud Public Schools — McLoud is located east of Oklahoma City — has voted to keep the “Redskins” nickname,...

12/13/2015

article Washington's NFL team accidentally revealed it runs that 'fan' Twitter account supporting its name
(Washington D.C.) -- Perhaps you are familiar with "Redskins Facts," a website and associated Twitter account providing information in support of Washington...
article Did Redskins’ Twitter gaffe just expose team’s latest sham?
(New York) -- The Washington Redskins continued their long-standing tradition of making a mockery out of their controversial franchise, this time with an apparent phony...

12/12/2015

article McLoud high school to keep 'Redskins' mascot despite protests
(Oklahoma) -- Despite a strong showing from those who wanted the controversial mascot changed to something less offensive, school board officials in this small town took...
article Non-Native McCloud Community on Racist Mascot: "This is Who We Are"
(Oklahoma) -- It’s really not surprising that, on December 10, 2015, the school board of McLoud, Oklahoma voted to maintain their racist mascot.

12/10/2015

article NFL-branded products pair Disney's beloved Star Wars with the most loathed team in football
(USA) -- Everyone loves Star Wars, right? But does that mean that just being in proximity to Star Wars can make any brand more loved? Disney will have a doozy of a...
article LETTER: Redskin name a thing of pride and respect
(California) -- It has been decided by the California state Legislature to approve the ban on the use of the Redskins as a mascot for Calaveras High School. By 2017,...

12/1/2015

article Washington Redskins face pressure to change name
(California) -- Part of the way people embrace football is by identifying with a particular team they love. The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and the Raider...

11/28/2015

article St. Paul schools consider ban on Washington Redskins gear
(Minnesota) -- Skyler Kuczaboski hadn't given much thought to the Washington Redskins mascot before last year. Now, the Harding High School junior and Leech Lake...

11/26/2015

article 'Racist' Washington Redskins under fire after tweeting 'Happy Thanksgiving' for a third year running
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins have sparked outrage by tweeting 'happy Thanksgiving' to their fans. The football team has long been criticized for...
article Washington’s NFL team under fire again for tone-deaf Thanksgiving message
(Washington D.C.) -- Social media is again reacting to Washington's attempt at a Thanksgiving greeting to its fans. They did it again. Washington's NFL franchise...

11/24/2015

article Activists Praise Labor Department for Requesting No Redskins Gear at Football Party
(Washington D.C.) -- A movement to try to ban the Washington Redskins' name and logo is praising the Department of Labor for banning Redskins' apparel at a staff...
article Why Washington players may finally kill the 'Redskins' name for good
(Washington D.C.) -- As far as excuses go, it was absurd. After Washington were trampled 44-16 by the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, defensive end Jason Hatcher suggested...

11/23/2015

article Numbers don’t bear out Jason Hatcher’s PC conspiracy theory
(Washington D.C.) -- Much like their secondary, which was picked apart for five touchdown passes, Washington is going to need a new straw-man.
article OP/ED: We are People, Not Mascots
(Nevada) -- “We are People, not Mascots” was a discussion held on campus to elevate the consciousness surrounding sport-teams’ mascots that offensively...

11/22/2015

article Blame the name game: Jason Hatcher attributes unfair treatment to 'Redskins' nickname
(North Carolina) -- The Washington Redskins searched for reasons why certain calls went against them Sunday. Defensive end Jason Hatcher has one theory: the team's...
article Labor Department throws football party, but bans Redskins jerseys
(Washington D.C.) -- When the U.S. Labor Department’s Center for Civil Rights wanted to celebrate its accomplishments last week, its managers threw the staff a...
article NFL: Washington Redskins face last stand in ongoing name row
(USA) -- “I don’t know if Adidas made the same offer to a certain NFL team, here in Washington,” Barack Obama said, with that sly grin he sometimes...
article The Redskins Tried Talking Trash On Twitter And Got Burned By The Carolina Panthers
(USA) -- The Redskins thought they’d do a little trash talking before facing off against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and sent out a tweet staking claim to the...
article Washington NFL Team Faces New Radio Spot Featuring High School Student Calling for Franchise to Follow California’s Lead
(New York) -- The Change the Mascot campaign launched a new radio ad calling on the Washington NFL team to follow the example set by the state of California and end its...

11/21/2015

article Column: Long live the fight for the right to be a Redskin
(UK) -- They were a passionate lot in the gym of McLoud High School on Tuesday night, hooting and hollering and making their feelings known. The residents of the small...
article KELLER: The end of Native American greatness
(USA) -- As a very late baby boomer, I grew up a Redskins fan, despite two decades of recent disappointment. In the late 1980s, as an Army officer, deployed at Fulda...
article NFL Still Backs Washington Racist Name, But Some Teams Making Changes for Better
(USA) -- Indian Country has sent a message that derogatory names and imagery are not acceptable. That voice is being heard. The NHL’s Winnipeg Jets have recently...
article The Future of Native American Imagery in Sports
(USA) -- When California recently became the first state to officially outlaw use of the term “Redskin” for mascots throughout the state, it again sparked...

11/20/2015

article Major NFL Match-up: Disparaging Speech Versus The First Amendment
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a joke circulating that the NFL team in the District of Columbia wants to change its name by eliminating “Washington” so as not...

11/17/2015

article McLoud unites in favor of keeping Redskins mascot
(Oklahoma) -- After an advocacy group raised concerns about the Redskins mascot at McLoud schools, fans rallied in favor of the name. More than 100 people packed the...
article MEET THE MORON: Redskins forever
(California) -- Let’s face it. A total replacement of Sacramento’s politically correct legislators would be necessary before Calaveras High School could...
article Mcloud residents rally behind schools 'Redskins' mascot
(Oklahoma) -- People in a central Oklahoma town are fighting to keep their schools mascot. Tuesday night McLoud residents are defending their Redskins tradition. "I...
article Woman drops Red Raiders mascot fight for now
(New Hampshire) -- Renee Napolitano, the Rochester woman who has been advocating for the Spaulding High School Red Raider mascot to be changed, said she is taking a step...

11/16/2015

article Tribune Opinion: Adidas offer of help gives Eaton excellent chance to change cartoon Native American mascot
(Colorado) -- Nobody seems to know the details, but an executive with the sports apparel provider Adidas said recently said the company would spend some money to help...

11/15/2015

article Native Americans outmuscled by money in Redskins debate
(Washington D.C.) -- The debate around the Washington Redskins' name and mascot has been making news for decades and, even in the face of what some Native Americans...
article Joe Theismann Talks Redskins Name
(Florida) -- Redskins legend Joe Theismann joined Mike & Jerry today to talk about the 2015 NFL season and give some insight into what he thinks about the...

11/14/2015

article Commentary: Why use "r--skin" word at all?
(Colorado) -- Re: "In this case, Redskins are right," Nov. 4 editorial. The Denver Post recently weighed in on the controversy surrounding the National...
article Days are numbered for Goshen's 'Redskins' mascot
(Indiana) -- The switch won’t happen instantaneously. After a new mascot is announced Monday, Goshen Community Schools officials will begin the process of ordering...

11/13/2015

article Column: Vietnam veteran, Native American voices support for the Washington Redskins
(Virginia) -- Performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of 80,000 to 90,000 screaming Redskins fans this Sunday may be a daunting task for some, but for...
article Column: Racial slurs have no place in football
(Oklahoma) -- The leaves are changing. The scent of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air. In short, it’s football season. And like millions of my fellow Americans, I...

11/10/2015

article Tulare Union not interested in Adidas offer
(California) -- Sports company Adidas is offering financial help to high schools across the country with Native American mascots, who want to change them. One school in...

11/9/2015

article John Oliver Takes On The Redskins' Comical Legal Argument
(Washington D.C.) -- Last night, HBO late night John Oliver put into words what we were all feeling about the Washington Redskins’ recent trademark appeal . He...

11/8/2015

article Fox Airs Parody Slamming 'Racist' Washington Football Team Name
(New York) -- Fox NFL Sunday aired a parody of Adele’s smash hit “Hello” that covers the woes of the NFC East. At one point, actor Ken Joeng is clad in...
article 'Absurd': Redskins slam Adidas’ drive to eradicate Native American mascots in high school sports
(USA) -- Adidas has no problem making billions off of endorsing major-league teams whose names contain ethnic stereotypes. Yet it has just pledged to pay for high school...

11/7/2015

article Lisa Blatt: The legal mind behind the Redskins ‘Take Yo Panties Off’ trademark defense
(Washington D.C.) -- Lots of names were dropped in the comically vulgar but serious legal brief the Washington Redskins filed last week to defend their federal trademark...
article Apache leader who criticized Redskins is sorry for Halloween blackface costume
(Arizona) -- Two years ago, San Carlos Apache chairman Terry Rambler was at the White House, meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the “racially offensive...

11/6/2015

article Adidas stand against Native American high school mascots praised by Obama, condemned by Redskins
(Washington D.C.) -- Adidas announced Thursday that it would offer financial support to any U.S. high school that wants to change its logo or mascot “from...
article Barack Obama: No excuse to keep Native American mascots in schools
(Washington D.C.) -- President Barack Obama spoke out in response to a question about Native American stereotyping and racism on Thursday at the 2015 White House Tribal...
article Redskins Call adidas High School Program “Absurd”
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday, adidas announced that it would be starting a program to help high schools with potentially “offensive” nicknames/mascots with...

11/5/2015

article Obama: Teams should drop Native American mascots
(Washington D.C.) -- Names and mascots of sports teams like the Washington Redskins perpetuate negative stereotypes of Native Americans, President Obama said Thursday....
article President Obama: NFL’s Redskins Should Consider Changing Mascot
(Washington D.C.) -- resident Obama on Thursday suggested during the White House Tribal Nations Conference that the NFL’s Washington, D.C., Redskins should...
article VIDEO: Obama calls out sports teams using Native American mascots
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. President Obama says schools and teams should drop Native American-themed mascots, including ''a certain NFL team here in Washington...

11/4/2015

article GALANDA: Shame on You, ACLU, For Supporting Dan Snyder's "Racist" Trademark, Part Two
(Washington) -- By tomorrow, the ACLU is expected to file an amicus brief in support of the Redskins trademark, before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
article Dispute over 'Redskins' name hits home at Montgomery County school
(Maryland) -- The burgundy and gold bulletin board was supposed to welcome students as the school year opened. "Kicking off a new year," it said in colorful...
article James Giago Davies: Why the R-word controversy won't die
(South Dakota) -- There is one issue in Indian Country guaranteed to inflame passions that bridges the gap between sports and social activism—a football team...
article Native American offended by Redskins wore blackface
(New York) -- A Native American leader at the forefront of efforts to ban the “racist” Washington Redskins team name dressed up in blackface for Halloween,...
article Redskins list names of offensive trademarks in attempt to justify appeal
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins want you to know that other companies and organizations have successfully trademarked politically incorrect and insensitive...
article Reformed Whores band to Redskins: Your name is way more offensive than ours
(Washington D.C.) -- The man who makes Edible Crotchless Gummy Panties and Midget-Man Condoms has a few thoughts about the Washington Redskins’ latest legal...

11/3/2015

article Redskins Find Offensive Trademarks
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins have taken a number of questionable tactics in its battle to protect the trademark for its name. Last year, the team sued...
article Washington Football's Trademark Defense Is So Vulgar It's Silly
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington's football club is facing third and long in their desperate attempt to save their canceled "Redskins" trademark, but...
article We called the companies that the Redskins called offensive
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins, you may have heard, filed a rather unusual brief in federal court Tuesday. Washington is appealing the U.S. Patent and...
article ‘Take Yo Panties Off’ defense: Redskins cite other protected products in trademark appeal
(Washington D.C.) -- Nearly four months after a federal judge ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations for disparaging...

10/31/2015

article Native American parent calls for Redskins clothing ban in Montgomery Co. Public Schools
(Maryland) -- The Redskins name controversy has touched down in all sorts of areas. Now it is in front of the Montgomery County school board. A Native American parent...

10/30/2015

article Column: Find respectful way to keep Armijo mascot
(California) -- When I read about and watched the speakers at the Fairfield-Suisun School District board meeting calling for the “decolonization” of Armijo...
article Morden Redskins reignite debate over offensive team names
(Manitoba) -- Another call to change a sports team's name was raised in a small, southern Manitoba city this week. Heather Francis is a city councillor in Morden.

10/28/2015

article Local Manitoba hockey team to keep 'Redskins' name
(Manitoba) -- A city councillor from Morden in southern Manitoba has failed to have the local senior A men’s hockey team name changed. Heather Francis says the...
article Wab Kinew, indigenous leader, says sports team name is a racial slur
(Manitoba) -- Wab Kinew, a Winnipeg indigenous leader, says the name of a Morden, Man., hockey team is "defined in the dictionary as a racial slur," and he...

10/27/2015

article City councillor to ask Morden Redskins to change 'derogatory' name
(Manitoba) -- A Morden city councillor wants the Morden Redskins hockey team to change its name – but the team's president said they have no plans to do so....

10/26/2015

article Debate Over Washington Redskins Name Comes to County Elementary School
(Washington) -- Jared Hautamaki, a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a Silver Spring resident, was dropping his son off at Highland Elementary School in...

10/24/2015

article WATCH: California High School Features Dancing R-Word Princess As Slur is Banned
(California) -- Last Sunday, California became the first state in the nation to legally bar public schools from using ‘Redsk*ns’ as a moniker or mascot.

10/17/2015

article 'Redskins' controversy is about obstinacy: Viewpoint
(Massachusetts) -- When Springfield College officials changed the name for their school's teams from the Chiefs to the Pride in 1995, the most remarkable part of the...
article Alejo's mascot ban gains national notoriety
(California) -- Local Assemblyman Luis Alejo’s busy legislative session culminated with the governor signing 16 of his bills, including a nationally spotlighted...
article Jeb Bush Is So Desperate That He Has Turned To Defending Redskins Name In Speeches
(Washington D.C.) -- It is an open secret that the Republican Party has a problem with non-white voters. While Donald Trump’s headline grabbing comments implying...
article Prominent Native American Voices Talk Landmark California R-Word Ban
(USA) -- California is now the first state in the country to have banned the use of the racial slur ‘redskins’ at its public schools. Read what five...
article TURTLE TALK: A Look at the New California Law Banning Public Schools from using the term Redskins
(Michigan) -- As widely reported here, here, and here, California is now the first state in the nation to enact legislation forbidding all public schools from using the...

10/15/2015

article Jeb Bush has added the Redskins to his stump speech
(Washington D.C.) -- Forty-plus years of debates over the Redskins name have finally taken us to October 2015, when a major presidential candidate began using the team...

10/13/2015

article 'Redskins' ban angers fans of California schools still using the mascot
(California) -- The caller was angry, urging Tulare Union High School to defy a new state law requiring it to drop "Redskins" as the mascot for its sports...
article Brown signs AB 30, Redskin mascot banned
(California) -- Calaveras High School is one of four schools in California that will have to change its team name and mascot as a result of a law signed by Gov. Jerry...
article OP/ED: Ditching ‘Redskins’ name steps toward healing
(California) -- As words go, it’s long past time to retire the slur “Redskins.” Often touted as a source of pride for sports teams – usually by...
article WASHINGTON POST: A stinging loss for the Washington football team
(Washington D.C.) -- WASHINGTON’S FOOTBALL team took it on the chin Sunday. We are referring not to its overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons but rather to...
article New law continues controversy over naming sports teams after Native Americans
(Massachusetts) -- A mascot and team name is how schools across America identify themselves and show school pride. But recently one mascot in particular has caused...
article Now banned in Calif., Redskins mascot hangs on in N.M. town
(New Mexico) -- Native American activists won a small but symbolic victory this week in their ongoing quest against sports teams using mascots they deem offensive or...

10/12/2015

article Washington’s Most Hated Man Loves Jeb
(Washington D.C.) -- Redskins owner Dan Snyder runs what is perhaps the most dysfunctional franchise in all of professional sports. He’s also really keen on Jeb...
article California bans use of ‘Redskins’ as school mascot or team name
(California) -- Amid national debate about the use of a term many critics call outdated and offensive, Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation banning the use of...
article California Becomes First State To Ban 'Redskins' Team Name
(California) -- California became the first state to ban public schools from using "Redskins" as a team name, nickname or mascot on Sunday in a move applauded...
article California to ban 'Redskins' for school sports, keep Confederate building names
(California) -- California will ban public schools from naming their sports teams "Redskins," a name seen as a slur against Native Americans, but will not stop...
article Q&A Some criticize California's ban on 'Redskin' name
(California) -- There were cheers Sunday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation making California the first state in the nation to pass a law prohibiting public...
article Schools disappointed by Brown banning Redskins mascot
(California) -- Officials from California high schools expressed disappointment Monday as prepared to do away with a mascot they see as historic and beloved – the...

10/11/2015

article BREAKING: California Governor Signs Bill Banning R-Word at Public Schools, Official Tweets
(California) -- California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Sunday effectively banning the use of the word ‘redskins’ at public schools in the...
article California Becomes First State to Ban the Derogatory R-Word for Sports Teams Names in Sports
(California) -- California, the nation’s most populated state, became the first state in the United States to ban the usage of the “R-word” slur as a...
article California schools barred from using 'Redskins' as team name or mascot
(California) -- California became the first state in the nation to pass a law prohibiting public schools from using the term "Redskins" as a team name or...

10/8/2015

press release Will you support an important Native documentary film?
(Nebraska) -- Do you think racial slurs, caricatures, and stereotyped mascots "honor" Native people? If not, please click here to support the Indiegogo...

10/6/2015

article Asian-American rock band fights to trademark 'disparaging' name
(Washington D.C.) -- An Asian-American rock band called The Slants asked a federal appeals court last week to trademark its name even though the government says it...

10/5/2015

article Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Find Common Ground on Washington’s Football Team
(Washington D.C.) -- After months of name-calling, Jeb Bush and Donald J. Trump have finally found a name that they can agree on: the Washington Redskins. Last week, Mr...
article Oneida Indian Nation blasts Donald Trump for defending Washington Redskins
(Washington D.C.) -- The Oneida Indian Nation on Monday blasted Donald Trump after the GOP presidential candidate said he knows Indians who are proud of the Washington...
article Trump: Some Indians ‘extremely proud’ of the Redskins
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump says the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins is a source of pride for some Native Americans. “I know Indians that are...

10/3/2015

article Eagles apparently reverse course on Washington name
(Philadelphia) -- On Wednesday, it appeared that the Philadelphia Eagles had quietly stopped using the nickname of the NFL team in Washington. It now appears that the...

10/2/2015

article California Indian Tribe Backs School’s ‘Redskins’ Mascot
(California) -- An Indian tribe in California supports a local school’s use of the “Redskins” mascot that California legislators want to ban. The Tule...
article Jeb Bush on Redskins: ‘Native American Tribes Generally Don’t Find it Offensive’
(USA) -- “I don’t think they should change it,” Bush said in a SiriusXM interview. “I don’t think politicians ought to be having any say...

10/1/2015

article Bush says NFL's Washington Redskins name not offensive
(Florida) -- Delving into a decades-long controversy, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said the name of the Washington Redskins football team is not offensive...
article Jeb Bush Got $100,000 From Washington ‘Redskins’ Owner, Says Team Name Not Offensive
(Washington D.C.) -- Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said on a Sirius XM interview this week that, despite numerous calls from Native American groups to do so, he does not...
article Eagles apparently are avoiding the Washington team name
(Pennsylvania) -- Over the past few years, plenty of media and fans have stopped using the nickname of the Washington NFL franchise, in deference to the many Native...
article The Washington Redskins Are More Racist Than You Think (No, Really)
(Washington) -- Amidst the vast cacophony of moronic prattle being peddled by a surfeit of GOP presidential candidates, former Florida governor and Super PAC money pit...

9/30/2015

article DNC: Jeb’s Redskins Comment Reveals His ‘Shocking Disregard’ For Minorities
(Washington D.C.) -- The Democratic National Committee chastised GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush for saying he didn't think the Washington Redskins football team...
article Jeb Bush angers Native Americans, says Washington Redskins shouldn't change name
(Washington D.C.) -- The Republican presidential candidate was asked during an interview on SiriusXM about the possibility of the NFL franchise being forced to change...
article Jeb Bush doesn’t think the Redskins should change their name
(Washington D.C.) -- With state, local and national politicians having jumped into the Redskins name debate in recent years, it was inevitable that presidential...
article Jeb Bush on Washington Redskins Team Name: ‘I Don’t Think It Should Change’
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is siding with the Washington Redskins’ right to keep the team’s name, despite protests from Native...

9/26/2015

article FedEx shareholders to tout controversial proposals Monday
(Tennessee) -- FedEx Corp. shareholders will converge Monday morning in Memphis for an annual meeting to elect directors and provide guidance on executive compensation.
article Moya-Smith: This Is What the Ugly Face of American Racism Looks Like
(New York) -- Autumn is a vicious season for Native Americans. There's Columbus Day. Indian costumes on Halloween. Thanksgiving. You've even got Native American...
article Why Wearing Redface To A Sporting Event Or Anywhere Else Is Wrong
(USA) -- American sports fans wearing redface to celebrate their favorite team isn't anything new. Unfortunately, at Thursday night's NFL game between the New...
article WISE: Daniel Snyder can't see that the future is here
(USA) -- Working as a journalist in Washington for parts of the past two decades always created an internal dilemma: Was I really just chronicling a football team, or...

9/20/2015

article What's offensive? Opinions differ even with Native Americans
(Indiana) -- Dressed in period Native American garb accentuated with a painted face and a shaved head with a red-dyed ponytail, Russell Morris gives a very succinct...

9/17/2015

article California bill to ban “Redskins” in public schools on governor's desk
(California) -- Tulare High School, about three hours north of here in California’s Central Valley, has been rooting for its Redskins team for more than 90 years....
article MORON ALERT: What prompted an Indian rodeo to renounce the Redskins name and reject Dan Snyder’s money
(Montana) -- The Native American tribe leading the fight to change the Washington Redskins name is locked in a dispute — one that includes accusations of lying,...

9/15/2015

article BLOG: Fox Hosts Mock Juan Williams For Pointing Out "Redskins" Is A Racial Slur
(Washington D.C.) -- Williams: "I Don't Want To Say It. Because, It's Just Like, I Don't Want You To Use A Slur Against Me ... So I'm Not Going To...

9/11/2015

article Houska: Congresswoman Norton's Bill Takes Aim at Washington Football Team
(Washington D.C.) -- Today marks the official kickoff of the National Football League [NFL] regular season. What better time to remind the Washington football team that...
article MCKOSATO: NFL's About to Start; Warm Up Your Anti-Redskins Arguments
(New Mexico) -- The NFL kicks off their first full slate of games on Sunday and the Washington R**skins will host their season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
article The Anti-Redskin
(New York) -- Ray Halbritter, the leader of the Oneida Indian Nation, and Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, couldn’t be further apart on the...

9/10/2015

article Tribe ceases relationship with Washington NFL team
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will no longer have any relationship with the Washington NFL team nor its Original Americans Foundation (OAF).
article California Legislature Approves Ban On 'Redskins' Mascots
(California) -- The California State Assembly voted Thursday to ban the state's schools from using "Redskins" nicknames and mascots, a move that could soon...
article California Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Historic Legislation to Eliminate “R-dskins” from Schools Statewide
(California) -- The California State Senate last night passed a landmark bill (25-10) that will remove the R-word mascot from all public schools, making California the...

9/9/2015

article Native American rodeo cuts ties with Redskins organization over name
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the nation’s largest all-Native American sporting events has cut ties with a foundation started by Washington’s NFL team. In a...
article Sen. Harry Reid: Redskins’ Dan Snyder tried to bribe Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate minority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told CNN's Manu Raju that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder tried to bribe Native Americans...
article Washington’s Football Team Is the Donald Trump of the NFL
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington football franchise is trying to build a fan base the same way Donald Trump is constructing his electoral campaign: by appealing to...

9/8/2015

article Sen. Harry Reid: Redskins owner Daniel Snyder ‘tried to bribe’ some of Nevada’s Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has long been an advocate for changing the Redskins’ name, going so far as to decry the “racist...

9/4/2015

article Native American Rodeo Breaks With DC Football Team's Charity Over ‘Racial Slur’ Name
(Montana) -- A Montana-based Native American rodeo competition has severed ties with the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, the controversial charitable...
article The Washington Redskins are an embarrassment of unfathomable proportions
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins have been a loathsome franchise for quite some time now. Over 16 years, one of the NFL’s most prestigious and...
article WILL: Out with ‘Redskins’ — and everything else!
(Washington D.C.) -- Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, also is the time for The Post and other sensitivity auditors to get back on — if they will...

8/26/2015

article Don’t offend anyone, and other lessons in Canadian trademark law
(Canada) -- Last month, a U.S. federal court upheld a decision by the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and ordered the cancellation of all trademarks registered by...

8/25/2015

article Mediation scheduled in Redskins trademark lawsuit
(Virginia) -- An initial mediation conference between the NFL and Native American activists has been scheduled in the trademark federal lawsuit. The Appeals Court is...

8/20/2015

article Redskins president: Team won’t change name to get new stadium
(Washington D.C.) -- Currently, the team plays in Maryland, used to play at RFK Stadium in D.C., and practices and trains in Virginia. Washington Redskins owner Dan...
article THE ONION: Redskins Maintain They Were Legally Granted Right To Name By 1807 Treaty Of Blackwater Creek
(Washington D.C.) -- Responding to widespread criticism from an increasing majority of Americans who find the team’s moniker offensive, Washington Redskins...

8/17/2015

article Bruce Allen: Redskins won't change name in order to build new home
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team will not reconsider changing its name -- even if it's a political barrier to a potential...
article Washington name opponents respond to Bruce Allen’s remarks
(Washington D.C.) -- If Washington executive V.P. of football operations Bruce Allen had said anything other than “no” when asked whether the franchise would...

8/13/2015

article Letter to the editor: Should PC destroy 88 years of history?
(Indiana) -- In July, it was announced that the North Side High School mascot was offensive to some and now after 88 years, it must be changed. It is my understanding...

8/12/2015

article OP/ED: The R-Word, Snyder’s racial investment
(Washington) -- The current owner of the Washington NFL team Dan Synder is quoted in an article published by Erik Brady of USA Today Sports on May 10 of 2013: “We...

8/11/2015

article Designers of that 2004 Annenberg survey on the Redskins name: The sample was unrepresentative
(California) -- Guest post by Geoff Nunberg, Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and linguistics expert for the petitioners in the Blackhorse challenge to...
article BLOG: R*dskins Rejected: 3 Things the NFL Team’s Billions Can’t Buy
(Washington D.C.) -- Some things can’t be bought — they can’t be silenced. An American Indian tribe from South Dakota did a bold move: the Cheyenne...

8/10/2015

article Public quiet about Redskins decision at Goshen school board meeting; officials outline plan to move forward
(Indiana) -- No one stood up at the Goshen Community Schools board meeting Monday, Aug. 10, when the president asked for public comment. “Going once. Going twice,...

8/8/2015

article Alumni bid on Capitol Hill Redskins memorabilia
(Oklahoma) -- It’s out with the old and in with the new -- the end of an era for Capitol Hill High School as pieces of the school’s past were auctioned off...
article TAPAHE: How I Almost Got An Interview With Dan Snyder
(Virginia) -- This is the story of how I got the Washington NFL club to agree to let me do an interview with Dan Snyder, the principal owner. I planned to ask the owner...
article GLOBAL FAITHS: Religion part of life for American Indian
(Indiana) -- The recent debate over the name “Redskin” and the Goshen school board decision to retire that name invites a look at American Indian religion.

8/7/2015

article Redspears instead of Redskins? One D.C. area man is campaigning for it
(Washington D.C.) -- Travis Wright was driving on the Beltway one day, when an idea hit him. He’d been thinking about something to help the fan side of Washington...
article South Dakota tribe returning $25,000 donation from Redskins
(South Dakota) -- A Native American tribe in South Dakota will return a $25,000 donation from a charitable arm of the NFL's Washington Redskins. A check for that...
article Tribe mails back $25,000 donation from Washington Redskins group
(South Dakota) -- A little more than a month before the kickoff to this year’s National Football League season, a familiar off-the-field spat has emerged again...

8/6/2015

article 'Minority Report' changes Washington Redskins' name on show
(California) -- Fox's new show "Minority Report" has settled the longtime debate over whether the Washington Redskins should change its name. Set in...
article Native American tribe rejects donation from Redskins owner
(Washington D.C.) -- When Daniel Snyder started the Original Americans Foundation, the Redskins owner was hoping to earn some goodwill from Native Americans. The...
article Redskins Name Change: Indian Tribe Rejects Weak Payment From Daniel Snyder [VIDEO]
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Redskins have egg on their face today after Ryman LeBeau, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux council, revealed that his tribe's...

8/5/2015

article Native American tribe votes to reject $25,000 offered by Washington Redskins foundation
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota Native American tribe’s leaders voted Wednesday to reject all money – including an already-offered $25,000 – from the...

8/4/2015

article Help offered in paying for Goshen mascot change
(Indiana) -- Taxpayers may not have to foot the bill for changing the Goshen High School mascot. According to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth, several Native...

8/2/2015

article Editorial: Redskins saga isn't over, but the community can rally
(Indiana) -- The 5-2 vote to change the Goshen Redskins mascot is far from the end of the saga. The furor won’t be over for a while. Those who loved the mascot,...

8/1/2015

article Why so many people defend the Goshen Redskins mascot
(Indiana) -- She wanted to defend her school mascot, the Goshen Redskins, so beloved by many yet targeted for change. In front of hundreds of people at a public meeting...

7/31/2015

article Defenders of the Washington Redskins name sound exactly like defenders of the Confederate flag did
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s not about racism. It’s about tradition, pride, honor, respect. A defense of the Confederate flag? Well, yes, all of that’s...
article Redskins owner among the big donors to Jeb Bush super-PAC
(Washington D.C.) -- The super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential bid posted a massive $103 million fundraising haul over the past six months, boosted by 24...
article GOSHEN MASCOT: Native American groups approve of decision
(Indiana) -- Goshen School Board’s decision Monday to retire Redskins as the mascot of the high school and middle school has drawn national attention from USA...

7/30/2015

article Native American groups approve of decision
(Indiana) -- Goshen School Board’s decision Monday to retire Redskins as the mascot of the high school and middle school has drawn national attention from USA...

7/29/2015

article Native American group calls for schools to abandon Redskins nicknames
(Indiana) -- The Goshen Redskins hope to have a new nickname by January 1. But Goshen isn’t the only school in the state that still uses that as its nickname....
article North Side joins tide in jettisoning an offensive mascot
(Indiana) -- School board President Mark GiaQuinta said he believes the fate of North Side High School’s “redskins” mascot was decided when the board...

7/28/2015

article Goshen Community School Board releases statement on mascot retirement
(Indiana) -- As of Monday evening's Goshen School Board meeting, the Goshen "Redskin" mascot is no more. The following is a release from Catherine Cripe, GCS Board...

7/27/2015

article Goshen School Board votes to retire ‘Redskins’ name
(Indiana) -- A Northern Indiana school board voted Monday to retire the school’s moniker, the Redskins. The Goshen School Board met for around four hours, hearing...
article People speak for and against changing North Side H.S. nickname
(Indiana) -- Matthew Burd probably spoke for a lot of North Side High School alumni when he stepped up to microphone at the Fort Wayne Community Schools board meeting...

7/26/2015

article Mascot vote may come Monday
(Indiana) -- Redskins. It’s a term that has generated a lot of controversy in recent years regarding its use for a sporting mascot. Those against the name argue it...
article Name change? Area schools have not heard complaints about Native American mascots
(Indiana) -- The national debate over sports teams with nicknames considered offensive to Native Americans continued this month when a federal judge ordered the...

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