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Does Anyone Support D.C.'s NFL Team Using the Name Redskins? ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' Struggles to Find a Supporter

ESPN's Emmy Award-winning investigative news program Outside the Lines recently examined the Redskins naming controversy.

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7/3/2015

article Obama Admin Blocks New D.C. Stadium Until Redskins Change Name
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration has said it will not allow the proposed construction of an NFL stadium in Washington, D.C., unless the Washington Redskins...
article The Washington Redskins’ offensive name may thwart the team’s plan for a new stadium
(Washington D.C.) -- In an move to pressure the Washington Redskins football organization, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that her office will likely bar the...

7/1/2015

article County Board Requests Redskins Name Change
(Virginia) -- The Arlington County Board May 19 adopted a resolution calling on the owners of the Redskins to change a team name that the board said is “...
article Obama administration likely to block new Redskins stadium
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration will likely block Washington, D.C., authorities from building a new stadium for the NFL's Washington Redskins because...
article Obama Administration rebuffs D.C.’s efforts to bring back the Redskins
(Washington D.C.) -- Efforts to lure the Washington Redskins back to the District have come up against a potentially insurmountable challenge: the Obama Administration...

6/30/2015

article Are they defending the Redskins name or the Confederate flag?
(Washington D.C.) -- The Redskins name debate has been mentioned in connection with the Confederate flag debate for at least 25 years. “The argument that the Stars and...
article Alaska's Largest Tribe Will Boycott Sponsor FedEx Until Redskins Name Changed
(Alaska) -- In an effort to put financial pressure on the Washington Redskins regarding their offensive mascot, Alaska's largest native American tribe is boycotting...
article Other Native groups join FedEx boycott
(Alaska) -- Following news that Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will boycott shipping giant FedEx, a major sponsor of a National Football...

6/29/2015

article Cleveland church calls on Washington Redskins to change name, logo
(Ohio) -- The United Church of Christ has passed a resolution calling for the National Football League and Washington Redskins to change the team name and stop using...
article United Church of Christ calls for Washington Redskins to change name
(Ohio) -- The United Church of Christ has called for the Washington Redskins to change its name, announcing on Monday that it has asked its nearly 1 million members to...
article United Church of Christ to boycott Washington Redskins
(Ohio) -- The United Church of Christ, a progressive denomination, has called on its 1 million members to boycott Washington Redskins football games and merchandise...
article Alaska's largest tribe vows FedEx boycott until Redskins sponsorship revoked
(Alaska) -- At 30,000 members strong nationwide, Alaska's largest Native American tribe has taken direct aim at FedEx in the hope that the shipping giant's...

6/27/2015

article Large Alaska tribe to boycott FedEx for its NFL sponsorship
(Alaska) -- Alaska’s largest tribe is boycotting FedEx until the company pulls its sponsorship from the Washington, D.C. NFL team or that team changes its name.

6/26/2015

article Alaska's largest tribe boycotts FedEx
(Alaska) -- Until FedEx pulls its sponsorship or Washington, D.C.’s NFL team changes its name, the shipping giant can expect to lose business from Alaska’s...
article Tribe boycotts FedEx over ‘Redskins’ support
(Alaska) -- Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is boycotting FedEx. The Juneau-based tribal organization announced Thursday that it has sent notice to...
article Why the Confederate flag may hurt the Washington Redskins
(Washington D.C.) -- If you’ve turned on the news once this week, you will have seen all the controversy behind the Confederate flag and what it does or does not...

6/25/2015

article Southeast Alaska tribal group targets FedEx in Washington Redskins boycott
(Alaska) -- A major Alaska tribal group is boycotting one of the state's top employers, hoping to pressure the Washington Redskins to change the team name, which...
article Tribe boycotts FedEx over ‘Redskins’ support
(Alaska) -- Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is boycotting FedEx. The Juneau-based tribal organization announced Thursday that it has sent notice to...
article Native Americans Look At Confederate Flag Controversy And Ask: What About 'Redskins' And Other Racist Symbols?
(USA) -- The Confederate flag’s days seem numbered as retailers and statehouses alike remove (or consider removing) it for public consumption in the wake of the...
article Washington Redskins Lawyer: White People Think “Redskins” Is Worse Than Native Americans Do
(Washington D.C.) -- “White people seem to think the word ‘Redskins’ is worse than Native Americans do,” Bob Raskopf told BuzzFeed News on...
article ‘Pure private speech': Washington NFL team tries to avoid comparisons to Confederate flag
(Washington D.C.) -- As a California law that would ban schools from using the term “Redskins” for their athletic programs gains momentum, the attorney for...

6/24/2015

article Hearing on ‘Redskins’ Trademarks Takes Unexpected Turn
(Washington D.C.) -- The latest twist in the Washington Redskins organization’s ongoing efforts to keep its name trademarked involve a Supreme Court ruling last...
article Native Americans seek trade board ban of Redskins name
(Washington D.C.) -- Citing a Supreme Court ruling that allowed Texas to ban license plates bearing the Confederate flag, lawyers for a group of Native Americans are...
article Washington NFL team’s case could be swayed by Texas ruling
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week on license plates and the Confederate flag could be bad news for Washington’s NFL team. Lawyers for...

6/23/2015

article Confederate flag case argued in Redskins name case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Confederate flag, which is much in the news in other contexts this week, took center stage at a federal court hearing Tuesday morning in a long-...
article Does Supreme Court ruling on Confederate license plates bolster case against Redskins trademark?
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawyers for the Native Americans battling the Washington Redskins over the team’s trademark argued in federal court Tuesday that their case...
article Native Americans seek trade board ban of Redskins name
(Washington D.C.) -- Citing a Supreme Court ruling that allowed Texas to ban license plates bearing the Confederate flag, lawyers for a group of Native Americans are...
article NFL's Redskins urge judge to restore trademarks in slur fight
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawyers for the NFL's Washington Redskins urged a U.S. federal judge on Tuesday to reinstate six trademark registrations that were canceled last...

6/22/2015

article Education committee supports school nickname ban
(California) -- California officials took one step closer to banning the name “Redskins” from public schools. Senate Education Committee members, in near-...
article Redskins mascot debate packs Goshen school board meeting with supporters, opposition
(Wisconsin) -- The Redskins debate is gaining steam again. More than a dozen members of the public spoke about the Goshen High School mascot at a board meeting Monday,...

6/21/2015

article Letter: Despicable behavior tarnishes Lancaster
(New York) -- After reading about the problems in the Hamburg School District the past couple of years, I never thought there would be a district with a more...

6/20/2015

article Ed Secretary Arne Duncan Calls for Washington Football Team to Change Name
(Washington D.C.) -- It has been a momentous 24 hours in the fight to end the R-word racial slur. Landmark legislation restricting the term’s use in schools...
article How the Redskins name controversy wound up in a Supreme Court dissent
(Washington D.C.) -- Some critics of the Redskins name have compared it to the controversy over continued use of the Confederate battle flag, arguing that the...
article How Is the Blackhawks’ Name Any Less Offensive Than the Redskins’?
(USA) -- Hockey’s Stanley Cup is now held by a team with a Native American name. The Chicago Blackhawks triumphed over the Tampa Bay Lightning this week to win the...

6/19/2015

article Washington football fans are as guilty of cultural appropriation as Rachel Dolezal
(Washington) -- For much of my life, at least on fall and winter weekends, I was Rachel Dolezal. I donned a T-shirt, sweatshirt or cap emblazoned with some image and...

6/17/2015

article Ban of Redskins name moves forward
(California) -- The California Senate Education committee voted 7-1 Wednesday to approve legislation that would ban “Redskins” as an athletic team name,...
article Ban on ‘Redskins’ One Step Closer to Law in California
(California) -- The first statewide public ban of the term ‘Redskins’ is two steps away from becoming California law. The California Racial Mascots Act,...
article California bill seeks to ban 'Redskins' mascots at all schools
(California) -- California may soon ban "Redskins" mascots at all schools across the state. The California Racial Mascots Act would make the state the first in...
article Effort to rid California of 'racial' mascots moves forward
(California) -- Assembly Bill 30 seeks to establish the “California Racial Mascots Act,” that phases out the use of the term “Redskins” as a...

6/16/2015

press release CA Assemblyman Alejo, National and State Tribal Leaders to Hold Press Conference at CA Capitol Calling on Senate to Pass Bill Banning R-word in State’s Schools
(California) -- A press conference will be held the State Capitol on Wednesday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. calling for the passage of Assembly Bill 30 - The California Racial...

6/14/2015

article OUR VIEW: 'Redskin' nickname issue worthy of discussion in Goshen
(Indiana) -- This past Monday two Goshen residents attended a school board meeting and suggested the high school’s nickname/mascot, the “Redskins,”...

6/9/2015

article After Lancaster School Board approves new mascot, meeting turns nasty
(New York) -- The Lancaster School Board meeting started as a joyful celebration of the district’s official new mascot: the Lancaster Legends. As expected, the...
article New York school district drops ‘disrespectful’ Redskins name
(New York) -- A school district in western New York has changed its team name from the Redskins to the Legends three months after board members decided to retire the 70-...

6/8/2015

article MORON ALERT: Redskins supporters turn backs on 13 year old designer of new mascot
(New York) -- The Lancaster Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt the "Legends" as their new district mascot. The board voted earlier this year to...

6/5/2015

press release NARF ends FedEx service over FedEx’s sponsorship of the Washington NFL football team
(Colorado) -- The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has chosen to end its relationship with the FedEx Corporation for all of our mailings. As NARF’s letter to...

5/29/2015

article LETTER: ‘Redskins’ is racist
(California) -- Concerning the Valley Voices piece “We call ourselves ‘Redskins’,” (May 16): The term “Redskin” was coined by...

5/26/2015

article The Washington Redskins Might Be Getting Trademark Help
(Philadelphia) -- "I'll never change the name of the Redskins. You have my word on that." — Daniel Snyder, current owner of the Washington Redskins.

5/22/2015

article After Washington NFL team’s gift scandal, Utah’s Paiutes try to heal
(Utah) -- In wake of gift scandal over Washington’s NFL team name and ouster of Paiutes’ leader, the Utah tribe looks to unify its splintered bands.

5/21/2015

article Pro-mascot candidates win seats in Lancaster
(New York) -- Lancaster School District voters, angry about the abrupt retiring of their mascot, tossed out two incumbents who voted to do away with the mascot that was...

5/19/2015

article Arlington board majority asks football team to change Redskins name
(Virginia) -- The Arlington County Board on Tuesday joined the call for the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name, calling it a “objectionable ... a...
article How high school lacrosse team played role in 'Redskins' name change
(New York) -- Akron High School's boys lacrosse team leads the nation with nearly 24 goals per game. The Tigers are 17-0 after Tuesday's 25-11 win against...

5/18/2015

article BLOG: The "Redskins" Poll Bill O'Reilly Thought Didn't Exist Shows Native Americans Hate The Name
(Washington D.C.) -- Fox News host Bill O'Reilly suggested the name of Washington, D.C.'s NFL franchise was not offensive to the Native American community and...

5/15/2015

article The "Redskins" Poll Bill O'Reilly Thought Didn't Exist Shows Native Americans Hate The Name
(USA) -- Fox News host Bill O'Reilly suggested the name of Washington, D.C.'s NFL franchise was not offensive to the Native American community and said he'd...

5/14/2015

article AUDIO: Native American Supporters Come Out for Redskins Mascot Removal at Conrad
(Delaware) -- Red Clay Consolidated School District returned to a familiar subject matter Wednesday night at its board meeting, as the Redskins mascot discussion...
article Native American supporters come out for Redskins mascot removal at Conrad
(Delaware) -- The Red Clay Consolidated School District's school board voted unanimously Wednesday night to create a committee to be involved with the decision-...

5/13/2015

article Appeal denied for tribal leader who accepted Redskins gifts
(Utah) -- An American Indian tribe in Utah won't reinstate a leader ousted from office for accepting gifts from the Washington Redskins. The Cedar City-based Paiute...
article Paiutes deny ex-chairwoman’s appeal of her impeachment
(Nevada) -- The Tribal Council of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah has denied an appeal filed last month by impeached former Chairwoman Gari Lafferty over her ouster in...

5/12/2015

article EDITORIAL: Harry Reid’s disgraceful Deflategate take
(New York) -- Sen. Harry Reid took to the Senate floor Tuesday to comment on Deflategate. But he didn’t denounce the New England Patriots or Tom Brady, but the NFL...
article Harry Reid slams NFL and Roger Goodell on DeflateGate and ‘racist’ Redskins name
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) opened his remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday with a shot at the NFL for its handling of the DeflateGate...
article Harry Reid: NFL cares more about Deflategate than 'racist' team name
(Washington D.C.) -- Add Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to the list of folks who've decided to chime in on the NFL's handling of the Deflategate scandal. A day after...
article Sen. Harry Reid: 'The Redskins name is a racist name'
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the NFL seems to be more concerned with the Deflategate scandal than changing the Washington...
article MORON ALERT: Our Redskins are threatened
(California) -- The California Legislature seems poised to pass a bill banning the use of the Redskins name for California’s public schools; the bill has been...

5/11/2015

article Families adjusted as Central went through its nickname change
(North Dakota) -- Somewhere in Glenn Hansen's Grand Forks home is a baseball cap with the words "Redskin Forever" embroidered on it. The 63-year-old hasn...

5/8/2015

article Dispute over Neshaminy's 'Redskins' mascot nears hearing
(Pennsylvania) -- A preliminary ruling by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has found that a Bucks County high school's mascot is offensive and should be...

5/6/2015

article State Assembly moves to ban use of nickname
(California) -- California has moved closer to banishing the term “Redskins” for public school mascots statewide, the first in the nation to do so should the...

5/5/2015

article 'Redskins' name closer to being banned as school mascot
(California) -- At Calaveras High School in San Andreas, students and teachers are proud to call themselves Redskins, but it's a mascot name that might not last much...
article California assembly passes bill to ban 'Redskins' as high school team name
(California) -- California could be the first US state to bar high schools from using the racially charged term “Redskins” for athletic teams. An assembly...
article Local representatives react to bill banning Redskins mascot
(California) -- The Assembly Floor passage of a California bill that calls for banning using "Redskins" as a public school mascot name had local politicians...

5/4/2015

article Assembly approves ban on Redskins school team name
(California) -- The state Assembly has approved legislation barring California public schools from using the Redskins name for teams and mascots. AB30 by Assemblyman...
article California Assembly passes bill to ditch ‘Redskins’ mascots
(California) -- A handful of California high schools would need to ditch their “Redskins” mascots under legislation that passed the state Assembly on Monday...

5/2/2015

article 10 Reasons Why the Organization of American Historians Want the R-Word Dropped
(Connecticut) -- On April 29, Jon Butler, president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), announced that the executive board voted unanimously to pass a...

4/30/2015

article Organization of American Historians calls on Redskins to change name, logo
(Washington D.C.) -- Add the Organization of American Historians to the list of groups calling on the Washington Redskins football team to change its name and logo. The...

4/29/2015

article Activist fighting ‘Redskins’ name
(Oregon) -- Slowly but surely, Native American mascot names are disappearing across the country — and Native American rights advocate Suzan Harjo is a big reason...

4/28/2015

article Activist fighting ‘Redskins’ name
(Oregon) -- Slowly but surely, Native American mascot names are disappearing across the country — and Native American rights advocate Suzan Harjo is a big reason...
article State civil rights agency finds Neshaminy's use of ‘Redskins’ name ‘racially derogatory,’ could open door for lengthy proceedings
(Pennsylvania) -- In its preliminary finding, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has determined that Neshaminy High School’s use of ‘Redskin...
article OP/ED: It shouldn't take a state law for schools to drop 'Redskins' team name
(California) -- Four public high schools in California still cling to what is, at best, a bad life lesson for their students: Rallying school spirit around a racial...

4/27/2015

article Suzan Shown Harjo Honored by Her Tribe
(Oklahoma) -- For decades, Dr. Suzan Shown Harjo has worked tirelessly for the advancement of American Indian rights. Last year, her efforts were rewarded by the entire...
article Bill seeks to change 'Redskins' mascot name in public schools
(California) -- Tulare's oldest mascot may have to go. Sarah Koligian, Tulare Joint High School District superintendent, said the district will follow state...

4/23/2015

article California bill would ban 'Redskins' as school team name or mascot
(California) -- Public schools in California would have to phase out use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team names or mascots under a bill...

4/21/2015

article Racial Slurs Shouldn’t Be Trademarked
(USA) -- Washington, D.C.’s National Football League team uses a racial slur for its name. Several Native Americans brought a lawsuit to cancel the team’s...
article California moving forward on law to ban nickname
(California) -- California is poised to become the first state in the nation to ban the use of “Redskins” as a team name or mascot in public schools under...
article This State Might Be The First In The Nation To Ban 'Redskins' School Mascots
(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...

4/20/2015

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...

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