Redskins Owner Snyder to Create Foundation for Native Americans

Bob Niedt, Washington Business Journal, March 25, 2014

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has faced  intense criticism that the name of his National Football League team is insensitive to Native Americans. He is now responding. In a letter published on the Washington Redskins’ website, Snyder pledged Monday he would create a foundation aimed at helping Native Americans.

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In a letter addressed to the Redskins Nation Monday, Snyder said he has traveled to 26 tribal reservations during the past four months “[listening and learning] first-hand about the views, attitudes and experiences of the Tribes . . . the more I heard, the more I’ve learned, and the more I saw, the more resolved I became about helping to address the challenges that plague the Native American community.”

On its website, the Oneida Nation was quick to respond. Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter stated, “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.”

Halbritter also said, “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.”

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  • Puggg

    This won’t stop the non-stop yelling on the part of white liberals (not Indians) about the Redskins name. It might only intensify it.

    • Oil Can Harry

      American Indians already have an organization that serves them:

      Alcoholics Anonymous.

      • Alexandra1973

        It’s probably the White man’s fault for introducing fire-water.

        (Never mind that they don’t have to drink it.)

      • Paleo

        Indeed. They also have traded in wampum for a newfound Indian “tradition” — casinos. Makes you wonder who was more inebriated, the slap-happy drunken Indians pulling that charade off or the stupid politicians who took the bait and swallowed it whole….

  • Pro_Whitey

    Heck, at this point, change the name to The Fightin’ Whities, or the Nappy Negroes. Anything is better than groveling.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    This sort of pandering NEVER works. It just stinks of weakness and attracts more attacks.

    He’d be much better off just telling the whiners to bugger off.

    • willbest

      Yeah he should have come back and said something like

      After visiting 26 tribes and getting feedback, I realized that these obese alcoholics living off handouts and anticompetitive federally mandated business carve-outs aren’t worthy of sharing a name, no matter how derogatory, with my fine team and its rich football history. I propose that hence forth redskin will no longer refer to those people as it tarnishes the brand that I and previous owners have worked so hard to build.

  • Paying blackmail only empowers the blackmailer. This ain’t over. As Dan Synder will soon learn.

  • dd121

    Why? Nothing he does will appease the left.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Instead of giving the Indians handouts, why not give them a hand up for a change? Let those savages work for that money, instead of throwing it away so the injuns can buy fire water and spend most of their time drunk on the reservation.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    A name has made their lives much more difficult? Their Stone-Age culture and low IQs are what has made their lives difficult.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Snyder pledged Monday he would create a foundation aimed at helping Native Americans.

    Another lefty payoff scheme.

    Stupid move, Dan.

    It won’t work: pandering to lefties never works.

    Dan Snyder caving in 3…2…1…

  • MekongDelta69

    Can’t ANY White person simply stand up and say,
    “Hell No. You don’t like it? Tough ****.”

  • cecilhenry

    What an absolute fool.

    Don;t apologize. Demand answers for the hypocrisy and anti-white attitudes.

    This is just status seeking displays on the part of Synder for himself and the liberals who demand a scalp in retribution.

    If the Owner had really guts, he should say just that.

  • IstvanIN

    Indians that never gave two seconds thought to the name will now tell us how hurtful it is to them because they smell green in the air.

  • Max

    And the reason for American Indian failure to thrive for 150 years is that there are ballteams named “Redskins”, “Red Man” chewing tobacco and so forth.

    Got it. Should be an easy fix.

  • Freedoooom

    Shakedown.

  • Max

    They have reduced alcohol-dehydrogenase thus metabolize alcohol poorly. A little goes a long way if you can’t get rid of it.

  • newscomments70

    I grew up in the NE. I knew a few “noble savages” mixed in the community. Some had such a low percentage of heritage, they passed as white. Some were noticeably native American. The ones I knew integrated into society, they weren’t reservation types. I knew one Apache from the Catholic school. He was a very good football player, he was not a wavering drunk. His name was “Rob”, not running bull or something like that. I do realize that living next to a reservation would be much different though.

  • Yep. The only good response to a bully is to punch him square in the nose the first time he tries to demand your lunch money. These cowards always back down from a real fight. The second you show weakness, however…

  • newscomments70

    The Redskins displays a symbol of a noble warrior, that should flattering and honorable. I believe most native Americans are not offended by it. Here is a quote from CBS news, this is Robert “Two Eagles” Green, who retired from his presiding role over the 1300-member Patawomeck Tribe: “I think that first of all, you have to make a decision whether you consider it offensive or not, and frankly, the members of my tribe, the vast majority, don’t find it offensive,” Green said. “I’ve been a Redskins fan for years and to be honest with you, I would be offended if they did change it.””

    I have a solution. We will change the name to honor white liberals. The name could be, “the civilization destroyers”, “the rape enablers”, “the sissy nannies”, “the traitors”, “the Godless”,…I’m open to suggestions.

  • Paleo

    What a butt-wag sniveling weakling and apologist Dan Snyder is. While it’s his business to decide whose butt to kiss, he’s neglecting to consider how many of his bread and butter customers are sick and tired of this, “I’m offended and will cry if I want to,” nonsense. Enough already!