A number of Native American leaders and organisations have actually sent a letter to the NFL requiring the league to force the Washington Redskins to alter the group name immediately.
Washington and baseballs Cleveland Indians both revealed reviews into their teams names last week
US President Donald Trump tweeted his opposition to the “politically appropriate” relocations
The Redskins have actually for years turned down demands to change the groups name
The letter, gotten by The Associated Press, was signed by 15 Native American advocates and required the group and the NFL cease the usage of Native American names, images and logo designs– with specific importance put on Washington, which last week released a “extensive review” of its name.
” [The groups] expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American motion tribes, companies, and leaders to repair the decades of emotional violence and other major harms this racist group name has caused to Native Peoples,” the letter read. The NFL did not instantly react to a message validating invoice of the letter, although NFL commissioner Goodell recently revealed support for Washington manager Dan Snyders evaluation of the name.
Retired PGA Tour golf player Notah Begay, two previous executive directors of the National Congress of American Indians and numerous authors and professors signed on to the letter, which came the same day President Donald Trump criticised the Redskins and Major League Baseballs Cleveland Indians for considering name changes.
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The Indians, many fans of whom challenged the removal of mascot Chief Wahoo from group paraphernalia, likewise revealed it was taking steps “to identify the finest path forward with regard to our team name”.
” They call teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, however now the Washington Redskins & & Cleveland Indians, 2 legendary sports franchises, appear like they are going to be altering their names in order to be political correctness,” Mr Trump tweeted.
” Indians, like Elizabeth Warren, need to be very angry today!” he added, needling the Democratic senator who has actually been targeted by Mr Trump and faced concerns over her claims of Native American ancestry.
Snyder had actually shown no determination to change the name considering that buying the group in 1999, but last week sponsors FedEx, Pepsi, Nike and Bank of America said they asked for the change, and numerous online stores removed the teams gear.
FedEx president Frederick Smith is a minority owner and the business is the title sponsor of the teams stadium in Landover, Maryland.
The Washington Redskins have flatly declined to change the teams name in the face of years of protest.( AP: Nick Wass)” This process permits the group to consider not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but likewise input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the regional neighborhood it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Snyder said.
The demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May restored require Snyder and his group to stop utilizing the “dictionary-defined racial slur”, as Nestle made with its Redskin and Chico products last month.
There are a variety of other leading American sporting franchises that utilise Native American images, consisting of baseballs Atlanta Braves and NFL Super Bowl champs the Kansas City Chiefs.
Both groups fanbases have participated in a “tomahawk chop” in the stands, which the clubs have at times tried to distance themselves from.