Shortly before the Super Bowl, the National Congress of American Indians released a video voicing Native Americans’ discontent with the phrase “Redskin” and urged the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change the name. The team name has long been a conflict for the team in the nation’s capitol. Some claim that it is a term used for the gory scalping of Native Americans back in the day. Others just think the herm, “Redskin” is ignorant and unflattering to the Native American nation. Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office stripped the Washington Redskins of legal rights to the name as the result of a long running case brought forth by a group of Native Americans. That case is, however still years away from a final decision.
In response to naysayers, the Washington Redskins have taken to Youtube with a video of their own. In t,m different Native Americans are filmed expressing acceptance and even pride in the team and it’s name. There is even a claim that the l design and team name were devised by a Native American. Below, view the National Congress of American Indians’ video and compare to the Redskins’ new video: