Birch, Pash, Hicks to attend NFL meeting with Oneida Indian Nation

AP

The NFL hasn’t officially identified the persons who’ll attend on the league’s behalf Wednesday’s meeting with representatives from the Oneida Indian Nation.

Unofficially, the delegation includes Adolpho Birch, Jeff Pash, and Paul Hicks, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Birch was directly involved in setting the meeting.  Pash (pictured) serves as the league’s general counsel, and Hicks runs the NFL’s P.R. office.

Maske’s report doesn’t include Commissioner Roger Goodell on the list.  Goodell reportedly met Tuesday with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder regarding the Redskins name.

The league plans, as we’re previously reported, to listen.  Oneida Indian Nation plans to talk about its concerns regarding the name.

It’s unclear whether any progress will be made or, in light of the respective positions, whether it can be made.

38 responses to “Birch, Pash, Hicks to attend NFL meeting with Oneida Indian Nation

  1. This is just lip service to the Oneida to make the feel like their concerns will be addressed someday.

  2. As a former member of the military and as someone with ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary war and as a patriot, I am offended by the New England NFL team using a revolutionary war soldier as their mascot.

    I demand that they change it, my ancestors are not mascots!

  3. Skip this slippery slope already, next atheists will want Saints changed, then liberal dems will want Patriots changed, which isn’t to mention Raiders and Vikings whose list of victims is endless. Never heard of the Oneida indians anyway, are they the ones who make the cheap flatware? What’s their population, about twenty-five or thirty left, after all these years?

  4. Pay them off because they are just money grubbers just like FLOOReieio. Make them sign a non disclosure agreement and settlement agreement. If they go against their word sue them until they go bankrupt

  5. Snyder made himself pretty clear on this issue. The name is not changing – hence, there is no “progress” to be made. ENOUGH.

  6. hey NBC says the Washington Redskins name is racist! Florio and Bob Costas and Peter King say it too! This isnt their opinion, this must be fact. I think i think this too. Yay me for thinking for myself!

  7. League: “We would like to continue to use Native American imagery to represent the team in Washington.”

    Oneida: “It can’t be Redskins. That’s out.”

    League: “We see your point, even if we won’t say so publicly. Could we work out something where we could continue to use the imagery but find a less offensive name?”

    Oneida: “Less offensive? We’re going for not offensive.”

    League: “Uh, well . . . yes, of course. What if we used, I don’t know, a native word for “Indians?”

    Oneida: “You know that would be a different word in just about every language, right??

    League: “Uh . . .”

    Oneida: “Why don’t you just call the team the Americans?”

    League: “Too close to ‘Patriots.’ Besides, we really want to keep some continuity here — we don’t want to go all Red, White, and Blue.”

    Oneida: [blinks, shakes head] . . . “As in, First Americans? Keep the colors, tweak the logo to something a little more representative of the various Native Nations . . .”

    League: “Huh. That’s not bad.”

  8. NoHometeam –

    That last post of yours was painful to read. You could have suggested that in 1 sentence.

    You reeeaaalllyyy think you’re so much smarter than the average bear, don’t you?

  9. seahawkgoat: you could have trolled him in one sentence. As it is, you needed two sentences for some odd reason.

    NoHometeam: nicely done.

  10. Progress? What kind of progress are you looking for or do you expect? This isn’t for the NFL or the R’s, it’s just for them to get this off their chest and talk. The NFL is just giving them attention for their self-venting for whatever the venting and sharing of their feelings is worth to them. But it’s not going to mean much substantively to the NFL or the R’s. They are only doing listening, no acting or decision making of any kind. That’s for later when they have to make a decision if they would ever have to. It’s much simpler and more convenient for them to just do nothing and wait and see if any such reason ever happens to come about.

  11. Cajunaise –

    It took you only one sentence to give NoHometeam an old-fashioned.

    I also respect the Reverse-Troll game you got going.

    Nicely done

  12. The name Cajunaise offends me. It is a derogatory name for a group of people.

    Will you please change your name, because it offends me.

    If you don’t, I will be forced to protest. And whine. And kick and scream until I get my way.

    And I will get my way.

    Because it offends me.

  13. Oh yeah, that name will be changed in no time.

    Expect the announcement in a year or less, and the merchandise and actual name change a year thereafter.

    You always need to drag these racist white republicans into the future, they never go willingly.

  14. The only way the name will get changed is if one of the wealthy tribes buys the team. There are some tribe raking in alot of revenue from their casinos.

    Wasn’t there a small group a few years back campaigning for the AZ cardinals to change their name to the Apaches.

  15. Ms. Suzan Harjo, President of the Morning Star Institute – a national Native American rights organization – and a member of the Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee tribes, summed it up best when she stated: “[Redskins] is the worst thing in the English language you can be called if you are a native person.” This is not just a statement, but a direct invitation for Mr. Snyder and the NFL to do the right thing. I challenge Mr. Snyder to be reasonable, and to realize the harmful legacy that his franchise’s name perpetuates.

  16. The origin of the term “Redskins” is commonly attributed to the historical practice of trading Native American Indian scalps and body parts as bounties and trophies. For example, in 1749, the British bounty on the Mi’kmaq Nation of what is now Maine and Nova Scotia, was a straightforward “ten Guineas for every Indian Micmac taken or killed, to be paid upon producing such Savage taken or his scalp.”

    Just as devastating was the Phips Proclamation, issued in 1755 by Spencer Phips, Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Massachusetts Bay Province, who called for the wholesale extermination of the Penobscot Indian Nation.

    By vote of the General Court of the Province, settlers were paid out of the public treasury for killing and scalping the Penobscot people. The bounty for a male Penobscot Indian above the age of 12 was 50 pounds, and his scalp was worth 40 pounds. The bounty for a female Penobscot Indian of any age and for males under the age of 12 was 25 pounds, while their scalps were worth 20 pounds. These scalps were called “redskins.”

  17. natelan69… You are a typical liberal black democrat racist.typical black democrat always looking to trash white people..

    ..I. Bet everyone making comments in favor of the Indians (yes I am calling them Indians) are more racist than the people who you claim are racist. The typical pot calling the kettle black…

    )Every one born in America is a native of this country so we are all native Americans.

    Final note….what right do the Indians have to demand a name change, Who gave them the power to demand it. PC….is BS
    last time I checked this was a free country.

  18. I HAVE BEEN A REDSKIN FAN SINCE 1943 I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYINDIAN GROUPS COMPLAIN ABOUT THE NAME UNTIL NOW I AM NOT A SNYDER FAN BUT I HOPE HE HOLDS HIS GROUND,AS FAR AS PETER KING GOES HE SHOULD TRY AND STRAIGHTEN THE MESS HE AND ALL HIS FELLOW CRONIES MADE AND FLORIO AND COSTAS WITH WHAT THEY KNOW YOU CAN PUT ON THE HEAD OF A PIN

  19. There is gonna be some surprised looks on people’s faces when the Oneida Nation shows up and the NFL starts it’s drivel about “concerns about Native American’s and imagery,” and the Oneida reps look puzzled, shrug their shoulders and say “Eff that. Call it whatever you want. We’re here to talk about building a casino in the parking lot.”

  20. Replacementwriter has it exactly right:

    Halbritter is the Rev. Al Sharpton of the Native Americans. In the end he, like Sharpton, will win because Goodell simply won’t be able to stand having the media portray him as being on the wrong side of what they seem to think is the greatest civil rights issue since segregation.

    The real issues that concern Native Americans: poverty, education, and shamefully high unemployment, are a bore to both the media and the public. Instead we have this black and white morality play, which generates hundreds of comments and advertisement click-throughs.

  21. Alright, I say we move the Jags to LA and change their name to the Honkey’s or Crackers….then when everyone sees how not offended white people are they can learn how to not be so sensitive and you don’t have to cry over things as stupid as names!

  22. More wasting of time with a waste of time meeting about what a football team is named. Meeting probably cost in the tens of thousands with everyone sitting around with their water bottles in sits and ties. America, what happen here?

  23. foreverbeachflorida says:
    Oct 29, 2013 5:19 PM
    Skip this slippery slope already, next atheists will want Saints changed, then liberal dems will want Patriots changed, which isn’t to mention Raiders and Vikings whose list of victims is endless. Never heard of the Oneida indians anyway, are they the ones who make the cheap flatware? What’s their population, about twenty-five or thirty left, after all these years?

    That is as racist stupid statement and anyone who gave your racist statement a thumbs up is either stupid racist or both. And, as far as you never hearing about them before that could be because your ancestors wiped the majority of them out when you stole thier land from them. Now, I don’t know if the name will be or should be changed. But, I do know that the comment of them making cheap flatware is racist. I wonder if you were standing in front of them instead of sitting behind your computer would you have the courage to say what you print you racist coward.

  24. vbe2 says:

    As a former member of the military and as someone with ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary war and as a patriot, I am offended by the New England NFL team using a revolutionary war soldier as their mascot.
    ________________________

    @vbe2,

    You and everyone else comparing something that has never ever been used as a racial slur to a racial slur as justification to continue using a racial slur are using an invalid comparison.

    You need to come up with something better than that. I don’t know if you’re really a bigot or just someone who’s tired of the PC police but your logic doesn’t cut it.

  25. Oct 29, 2013 8:21 PM
    Alright, I say we move the Jags to LA and change their name to the Honkey’s or Crackers….then when everyone sees how not offended white people are they can learn how to not be so sensitive and you don’t have to cry over things as stupid as names!

    ====================================
    Are there any honkeys left in LA?

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