Oneida Nation planning symposium to overlap NFL owners' meetings
The Oneida Indian Nation of upstate New York is hosting a symposium as part of its "Change the Mascot" movement. It just so happens to be at the same Washington hotel as the NFL owners' meetings.
The Oneida Indian Nation is planning a symposium explaining its disdain for the Washington Redskins’ nickname that will coincide with the NFL’s fall owners meetings, according to a release.
The upstate New York tribe is planning the meeting for Monday at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, where, just a day later, the NFL owners will convene.
“The conference, which will be open to the press and the public, will be a chance for NFL officials, policymakers, and other concerned citizens to hear from federal legislators, community leaders and experts about the campaign,” the release said, referring to the tribe’s “Change the Mascot” movement.
Speakers include congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Kevin Gover, who is the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and tribe leader Ray Halbritter.
Another speaker will be Dr. Michael Friedman, a psychologist, who has examined the impact discrimination has on children.
“When one of the most valuable franchises in the NFL is using a racial epithet, how do you explain that to the children?” Halbritter told the AP. “How do you explain how it makes you feel as a human being?”
The Oneida Nation has sponsored national ad campaigns both in Washington as well as the Redskins’ host cities, trying to sway public opinion. Team owner Dan Snyder famously said that he would “never” change the name.
Stay tuned. This isn’t going away.
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