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NFL and Owner Dan Snyder Need to Change XXXskins Name and End Profiteering from Racist Depiction of Native Americans

May 29, 2013
Press Release

Washington D.C. — Congresswoman McCollum has joined with nine Members of Congress and more than 50 organizations in  urging Mr. Dan Snyder, the owner of the NFL’s Washington XXXskins football team, to change his team’s racist name.  For decades, Native American leaders and tribal organizations have advocated for an end to the use of this derogatory and demeaning “brand”.  The NFL’s commitment to diversity states, “It is a cultural and organizational imperative about dignity, respect, inclusion and opportunity.”  Unfortunately, in the case of Native Americans it appears that the league’s organizational imperative is not about dignity or respect, but the exploitation of racist branding for profit.

In letters addressed to Owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and Fed Ex CEO Frederick Smith (the XXXskins main corporate sponsor), Congresswoman McCollum called on the executives to end their profiteering from this racist team name.

"It is shameful that Dan Snyder and the NFL continue to exploit for profit a racial slur that demeans millions of Native Americans," said Congresswoman McCollum.  "This entire issue could end tomorrow with a simple decision by Mr. Snyder to change his football team's name to any of a million different mascots that would offend no one."

"It's time for the NFL and the team’s corporate sponsors to wake up, respect cultural diversity, and join Native American leaders in urging Mr. Snyder to change his team's racist name."

Congresswoman McCollum serves on the Appropriations Committee and is the            Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus