The battle to change the name of the Washington Redskins rages on. Everyone has chimed in that the discussion needs to happen, from the mayor of Washington, D.C., to President Barack Obama. Now, the Oneida Indian Nation is asking for a new team name.
The tribe held a symposium in Washington, D.C. Monday (October 7), in an attempt to convince the NFL that a change is in order, CNN reports. During the talk, Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter addressed the league, saying, “We are asking the NFL to stop using a racial slur as the name of Washington’s football team.”
Halbritter also referenced Obama’s comments on the change, noting he’s the first sitting president to speak out on the issue, adding, “No matter what the history of something is, if it’s offending people, then it’s time to change it. And this is a great time to do it.”
The NFL has agreed to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation to discuss the issue. Meanwhile, the Redskins’ attorney Lanny Davis wonders why Halbritter isn’t also targeting teams like the Chicago Blackhawks or the Tomahawk Chop used by the Atlanta Braves.