New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation left disappointed from a meeting with NFL executives Wednesday in New York City to discuss its opposition to the Redskins nickname and mascot.
The group lamented that senior NFL executives Jeff Pash, Adolpho Birch and Paul Hicks defended the use of the name.
“It’s clear that they don’t see how this is not a unifying term. They don’t have a complete appreciation for the breadth of opposition of Native Americans to this mascot and name,” said Oneida spokesman Joel Barkin.
Oneida Indian Nation leader Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Wolf Clan Representative Keller George and their colleagues, expressed their views before the NFL executives during the meeting.
The group has also requested a meeting with all 32 NFL owners during Super Bowl week.
Halbritter is leading the campaign to get the Redskins to change their nickname.
Also considered were the sharply differing views of many other Native Americans and fans in general.
In a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and turned over to league executives Wednesday, Halbritter asked for an amendment of the league’s bylaws to prohibit naming teams with “dictionary-defined racial slurs.”
Halbritter also asked Goodell to open an inquiry of Snyder under section 8.13 of league bylaws, which gives the commissioner the power to initiate disciplinary action against any owner who is “guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the league or professional football.”
Oneida representatives claimed that the use of Redskins name and mascot contribute to “prejudice and discrimination” against Native Americans and could be considered harassment or bullying in a workplace if used interpersonally.
They claimed that tests have shown that the Native American mascots results directly in lower self-esteem and lower mood within this population, as well as increased negative associations of Native Americans.
They added that these have been associated with poor mental health among Native American children, adolescents and adults.
Despite increased calls by groups and journalists to change the nickname, Snyder has said repeatedly he would “never” change the name.