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Washington team owner reiterates position on racist mascot

The owner of the Washington professional team has no plans to eliminate the racist mascot despite waves of criticism, The Washington Post reports.

Owner Dan Snyder met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday. Sources said Goodell wanted to know what Snyder will be doing to address opposition to the name.

Top NFL officials are set to meet with the Oneida Nation of New York today to discuss the issue. The tribe is leading the Change the Mascot campaign.

“This was the word that was used against our people to push us on reservations — forced us on to reservations,” Ray Halbritter, the tribe's representative, told the Associated Press “They took our children from our homes forcibly at gunpoint, calling us the r-word.”

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Dan Snyder, Roger Goodell meet regarding Redskins’ name (The Washington Post 10/30)
Leader of upstate NY Indian tribe hopes meeting with NFL on Redskins name will lead to change (AP 10/29)
Halbritter Brings ‘Change the Mascot’ Campaign to USET (Indian Country Today 10/29)

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