January 24, 2014
The leader of the Oneida Indian Nation is going to the United Nations today to complain about the name of the Washington Redskins football team.
The leader, Ray Halbritter, is a vocal critic of the name “Redskins,” which he says is racially offensive, and will be meeting with an Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, N.Y. according to CBS Washington.
The owner of the Redskins, Dan Snyder, says the name won’t be changed, calling it a “badge of honor.”
Not all Native Americans want the name changed.
At the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona, for example, Red Mesa High School’s football team is called the Red Mesa Redskins.
“We just don’t think that (name) is an issue,” Tommy Yazzie, a superintendent for the Red Mesa school district, said to ABC News. “There are more important things like busing our kids to school, the water settlement, the land quality, the air that surrounds us. Those are issues we can take sides on.”
“Society, they think it’s more derogatory because of the recent discussions.”