Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Representatives from the Oneida Indian Nation will meet with NFL officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss the mascot of the Washington Redskins on Wednesday.
The Oneida Indian Nation’s “Change the Mascot Campaign” has called for the Washington football franchise to change its mascot, citing the “redskins” as a racial slur associated with Native Americans.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently said the league should listen to the critics of the Washington team name and the owner of the Redskins, Daniel Snyder, sent a letter to season ticket holders saying he is willing to listen to arguments as well.
The franchise was named the Boston Redskins back in 1933, but relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1937 where the team has remained for over 75 years.
Groups have attempted to change the mascot for over 20 years now, taking numerous legal steps without success.Recently, President Obama weighed in on the topic
and said if he owned the team, he would think about changing the name.