News4's Jim Handly is live from New York, where representatives with Oneida Indian Nation met with NFL leaders to discuss the controversy surrounding the Redskins name. (Published Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013)
Oneida Indian Nation representatives are calling for sanctions against Redskins owner Dan Snyder, following a meeting with NFL officials in New York Wednesday.
In recent weeks, debate has surrounded the Redskins name; Oneida officials call it offensive and a racial slur. Several publications have stopped using the word "Redskins" and even President Obama has chimed in on what he would do if he were Snyder.
"We requested that Commissioner Goodell use his authority and power to refer Washington team owner Dan Snyder to the league's executive committee for sanctions should the Washington team continue to promote a dictionary-defined slur that is clearly detrimental to the welfare of the NFL's image," Ray Halbritter with Oneida Indian Nation said in a news conference after the meeting.
The group also presented an action plan to NFL leaders, urging NFL team owners to meet with Oneida Indian Nation during the week of this season's Super Bowl and discuss the "damage and destructiveness" of the Redskins name.
"If the commissioner lacks the power to act, then he should publicly say so. We will not be silent on this issue and it's just not going to go away. Not this time," Halbritter reiterated.
Oneida Indian Nation presented a report by Dr. Michael Friedman, documenting what he called harmful effects of the Redskins name on the Native American community. Friedman cited bullying, suicides, high levels of alcohol abuse and political correctedness.
"I hope the Washington organization and the NFL hear this and change the mascot," Friedman said.
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Published at 3:35 PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013