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Community forum on Washington 'Redskins'

Activist Suzan Shown Harjo will be a featured speaker at a Washington, D.C., forum on the Washington "Redskins" mascot.

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C is hosting the forum on Tuesday night. "Should the team change its name?" the announcement asks.

In addition to Harjo, the lead plaintiff in the case that brought the issue to national attention, Shquanebin Lone-Bentley is expected to speak. Lone-Bentley is one of six young Natives who filed a new petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the "Redskins" marks.

The Redskins organization was invited but has declined to send a representative so far. Fans of the team are expected to show up.

The forum takes place on Tuesday, from 7-9pm at the Mary's Center on 2355 Ontario Road NW. For more information, visit

Redskins Petition:
Blackhorse v. ProFootball

Appeals Court Decision:
Pro-Football, Inc. v. Harjo (July 15, 2005)

Lower Court Decision:
Pro-Football, Inc. v. Harjo (September 30, 2003)

Patent and Trademark Office Ruling:
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (1999)

William "Lone Star" Dietz Research:
Linda Waggoner: Reclaiming James One Star (Indian Country Today 2004)

Relevant Links:
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