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Native Association Wants Offensive Team Name Reinstated

The Native American Guardians Association has initiated a call for a boycott reminiscent of the “Anheuser Busch (Bud Light)” campaign, urging the Washington Commanders to revert to their former name, “Redskins.”

The correspondence suggests that the Commanders are consciously overlooking U.S. history and the integral role Native Americans played in America’s foundation and the formation of the U.S. Constitution.

The petition titled “Reclaim The Name: Redskins” has gathered 77,000 signatures.

NAGA asserts that most Native Americans perceive the name change as disrespectful. Founded in 1944, the group champions the acknowledgment of Native American heritage in sports and various public arenas.

“The name ‘Redskins’ carries deep cultural, historical, and emotional significance, honoring the bravery, resilience, and warrior spirit associated with Native American culture. It was never intended as a derogatory or offensive term but as a symbol of respect and admiration. Changing the name abruptly disregards the positive legacy that the Redskins name has built over the years and disorients the passionate fans who have invested their emotions, time, and unwavering support in the team,” the petition reads.

“The name ‘Commanders’ fails to capture the essence, tradition, and historical weight associated with the Redskins. It lacks the uniqueness, emotional connection, and pride that our team’s original name embodies,” it continued.

“At this moment in history, we are formally requesting that the team revitalize its relationship with the American Indian community by (i) changing the name back to ‘The Redskins’ which recognizes America’s original inhabitants and (ii) using the team’s historic name and legacy to encourage Americans to learn about, not cancel, the history of America’s tribes and our role in the founding of this Great Nation,” the letter said.

Healy Baumgardner, President of Global Impact Campaigns at NAGA, reportedly told WJLA that the Commanders had refused requests for meetings.

“We attempted to have an open dialogue with the now Washington Commanders since they made the name change several years ago with no response by them to have a conversation,” she said. “We felt that it was time to apply public pressure.”

“For the Commanders’ owners and leadership to make such a short-sighted decision to cancel the Redskins based on their self-created DEI and ESG feelings without listening to their consumers is not only offensive, it’s pure insanity. How did that work out for Bud Light? Not so well,” Baumgardner added.

 

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