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November 1, 2013

Indian School Calls Out Redskins Owner
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South Dakota:  Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation is refuting claims that it helped design the Washington Redskins’ team logo. 
Washington 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.
 "We 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 all.”

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 history.”

“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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