The National Congress of American Indians issued a response Tuesday morning after learning about the plans of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to create a foundation that will support Native American tribes.
In a letter posted on the team’s website Monday night, Snyder introduced the Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which “will address the urgent challenges plaguing Indian country based on what Tribal leaders tell us they need most.”
In a press release, the NCAI said that they were encouraged to see that Snyder would dedicate time and resources to the challenges tribes are facing, but also said that true support for Indian Country is only possible if Snyder changes his team’s name.
The NCAI’s comments about the new foundation:
…This Foundation will only contribute to the problems in Indian Country if it does not also address the very real issue of how Native people are consistently stereotyped, caricaturized, and denigrated by mascot imagery and the use of the R-word slur. For Mr. Snyder and the Foundation to truly support and partner with Indian Country, they must first change the name of the DC team and prove that the creation of this organization isn’t just a publicity stunt.
The organization also directed Snyder to two reports related to the effects of the R-word on Indian Country, one of which can be read here.