Seneca Nation invited lawmakers to Redskins game
Monday, October 13, 2003

The Seneca Nation invited members of Congress to New York for a fact-finding mission that included tickets to a football game against the Washington Redskins.

But the lobbying junket, scheduled for October 19-20, was canceled amid lack of interest, although the official explanation differed. A lobbyist for the tribe said tribal leaders wanted to attend the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) conference in Connecticut instead.

Anthony Foti also said no one from the tribe questioned whether inviting lawmakers to a Redskins game was a good idea. Some Native Americans consider the name offensive.

"This is what happens when Indians hire white people to do their work for them," activist Suzan Shown Harjo told The Buffalo News. "They don't have any idea what could possibly be seen as offensive."

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