Sponsor pulls out of Redskins charity golf event over team name
The National Indian Gaming Association has canceled its sponsorship of a charity golf event because it doesn't want to be associated with the Redskins Original Americans Foundation.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder announced last month the creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation which, in his words, will "provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities."
The news came amid ongoing criticism from various groups who find the Redskins name offensive. And the creation of a new foundation hasn't changed that perspective.
In fact, according to USAToday.com, the National Indian Gaming Association, a nonprofit that includes 184 Indian nations as members, has canceled its sponsorship of a charity golf event in Arizona Saturday because it doesn't want to be associated with the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which just so happens to be the official sponsor.
"It's a blatant attempt to try to buy out the issue," Ernest Stevens, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, told USAToday.com.
It's a familiar refrain, one Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) alluded to last month before predicting that the team would change its name in the coming years.
“Dan Snyder, he's got a great new deal,” Reid told the Washington Post at the time. “He's going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can't imagine why the man doesn't realize that the name is going to change. It's only a question of when it's going to change. That's the only question. ...
"I think the name will be changed within the next three years,” Reid continued. “You know, I may slip a year or two, but I think it's just a question of time. Because Native Americans are organized. We have Native Americans who now are not all poor. We've got these Indian gaming establishments who have money, who are gonna help with this. And Dan Snyder's not the only person in the world with money."
Snyder may not be the only person in the world with money, but he hasn't budged off his proclamation from last May when he said, "We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER -- you can use caps."
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