The Oneida Indian Nation is keeping up its criticism of the Washington Redskins’ name, releasing its third radio ad to play during the team’s game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
The Oneidas said they are starting to gain support for their campaign, saying political leaders and the Washington Post have supported their position.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has also suggested that the name be rethought.
“As proud sponsors of the NFL, we are encouraged by how many leaders are standing up, speaking out and joining the grassroots effort to get the Washington team to do the right thing and change its name,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. “These leaders understand a very simple truth: marketing a team with a slur against Native peoples is unacceptable, and it is especially unacceptable when that team represents the nation’s capital.”
The central New York tribe that runs the sprawling Turning Stone Casino is running the ads every week in cities where the Redskins play.
Here’s the latest ad and the text:
What do the Washington City Council, some Members of Congress, The Washington Post and Native American groups have in common? All have asked to change the name of Washington’s football team.
In response, the NFL Commissioner said the team should “listen” to people who are offended. While former Oakland Raiders president Amy Trask had this to say:
“It’s wrong to use a disparaging slur when referencing any person or any group of people and the word ‘redskins’ has been widely used throughout our history as a derogatory, disparaging slur. Changing the team name and logo really can inspire people and encourage people to treat everyone respectfully.”
I’m Ray Halbritter. Amy Trask is right—it is time for a change. Go to changethemascot.org to tell Washington’s team that Native peoples should not be disparaged. We should be treated as what we are: Americans.
Paid for by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York.”