Oneida Indian Nation asks NFL to sanction Snyder for Redskins name
During the past six months, the debate over changing the Washington Redskins name to something less offensive has intensified. In May, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said that he is not willing to change the team’s name. Yesterday, while meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell, Snyder reiterated his stance of not being willing to change the name. Snyder may not have a choice soon as it looks like Goodell and the NFL may one day force the team to change their name.
The first step towards that possible change came today when Goodell met with representatives of the Oneida Nation.
Follow their meeting with Goodell today, Nation Representative Ray Halbritter released a letter, asking the NFL to “refer Washington team owner Dan Snyder to the league Executive Committee for possible sanctions” over the use of the Redskins name.
Halbritter explained that the NFL’s bylaws authorize Goodell to take action “against any owner who is ‘guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.’” Halbritter also points out that Goodell has enforced that rule for situations “far less egregious than the use of a racial epithet as a team’s name.”
“The actions you and the NFL Executive Committee can take against an offending franchise include ‘cancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the league’ and ‘requir[ing] the sale of any stock or interest in a member club,’” Halbritter wrote.
The Oneida Nation population is approximately 1,000 people who own 17,000 acres of land in Central New York. Their website describes that the nation consists of three clans – turtle, wolf and bear – each of whom have their own representatives in the Nation’s government.
It looks like the wheels are in motion for the NFL to possibly force the Washington Redskins to change their name.