Indian School Calls Out Redskins Owner
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Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge
Reservation is refuting claims that it
helped design the Washington Redskins’ team logo.
owner Dan Snyder made the claim in a
letter to season ticket holders.
Snyder wrote that former Redskins coach George Allen consulted with the
Red Cloud Athletic Fund to design the team's emblem. He said Red Cloud
School honored the team with
a plaque that still hangs on a team office's wall.
Red Cloud Indian School disputed
Snyder's statements in a letter to the Washington Post:
“As an organization, Red Cloud Indian School has never -- and will never
-- endorse the use of the name ‘Redskins.’ Like many Native American organizations across the country, members of
our staff and extended community find the name offensive.
call on Dan Snyder and managers to engage in further
discussion with Native groups across the country and,
ultimately, to move toward changing the name, once and for
The Oneida Indian Nation
is leading the most recent charge for the NFL
team to change its name. They said that Snyder's Red Cloud story joins
a growing list of Snyder’s
“examples of trying to rewrite the team’s
“Mr. Snyder must set the record straight and immediately send a new
letter to season tickets holders highlighting these misrepresentations
and omissions,” said Joel Barkin, Oneida Nation spokesman.
“Mr. Snyder should stop trying to rewrite history and
instead rewrite his misleading and inaccurate letter and stop
pretending that the targets of the R-word slur support his agenda.”
Representatives from the National Football League and the Oneida Indian Nation are scheduled to meet in late November.
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