Oneidas invite NFL to join conversation in their campaign to change Washington Redskins' nickname
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:48:49 GMT —
An Indian tribe from upstate New York that's campaigning for the NFL football team the Washington Redskins to change its nickname says it will hold a public meeting about the issue on the football team's home turf - at the same Washington hotel where the NFL is holding its fall meeting next week.
The Oneida Indian Nation's symposium is scheduled for Monday, the day NFL owners start arriving for Tuesday's meeting.
Tribal leader Ray Halbritter says the meeting's time and place provide a great opportunity to bring more understanding about the issue of why the Redskins name is considered offensive by many people. The Oneidas are pushing for the Redskins to change their name as the team faces fresh waves of criticism over its nickname.
He says NFL officials would be invited to attend the symposium.
There's no immediate comment from the NFL.
Earlier this year, the Oneida Indian Nation helped the Cooperstown Central School District change its team name from the 'Redskins' to the 'Hawkeyes.'
Just last month, the Oneidas rolled out a radio ad campaign in Washington, D.C. to press the NFL to do away with the Redskins' nickname.
(Information from the Associated Press used in this report.)