Though he still refuses to change the nickname of his team, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder tried to curry some favor Monday when he released a letter announcing the creation of a foundation that he says will help Native American tribal communities.
In his letter, Snyder said the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation would "provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities."
And like I wrote in the original post, Snyder says that whenever he talks to Native American leaders, they supposedly say they support the Redskins name. But I also constantly receive retorts from the Oneida nation in my email inbox that tell a different story.
As such, here's the Oneida Indian Nation's response to the new foundation.
From representative Ray Halbritter:
We're glad that after a decade of owning the Washington team, Mr. Snyder is finally interested in Native American heritage, and we are hopeful that when his team finally stands on the right side of history and changes its name, he will honor the commitments to Native Americans that he is making.
We are also hopeful that in his new initiative to honor Native Americans' struggle, Mr. Snyder makes sure people do not forget that he and his predecessor George Preston Marshall, a famous segregationist, have made our people's lives so much more difficult by using a racial slur as the Washington team's name.
Meanwhile, at least two members of Congress continue to push Snyder to change the name. It seems rather unlikely at this point that he's inclined to do so.