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NFL characterizes meeting with Oneida Indian Nation as part of “ongoing dialogue”


As expected, NFL executives met Wednesday with representative of the Oneida Indian Nation.  As reported elsewhere (and as PFT has confirmed), the league was represented by senior V.P. Adolpho Birch and executive Vice Presidents Jeff Pash (legal) and Paul Hicks (P.R.).

“We met at the request of Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation,” the league said in a statement released to PFT.   “We listened and respectfully discussed the views of Mr. Halbritter, Oneida Nation Wolf Clan Representative Keller George and their colleagues as well as the sharply differing views of many other Native Americans and fans in general.  The meeting was part of an ongoing dialogue to facilitate listening and learning, consistent with the Commissioner’s comments earlier this year.”

That last part underscores the reality that the two sides currently are at an impasse.  The NFL and the Redskins don’t plan to change the name of the team, but they plan to listen.  And the Oneida Indian Nation plans to keep talking.

The real question is whether the NFL and the Redskins will cry uncle before or after the Oneida Indian Nation decides to move on.  The wild card here will be whether any of the other 565 federally-recognized sovereign Native American nations joins the Oneida at the front lines of this debate.

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8 Responses to “NFL characterizes meeting with Oneida Indian Nation as part of “ongoing dialogue””
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 30, 2013 6:11 PM

    and the NFL and that team in Washington will continue to roll in the dough.

    They don’t hear “talk” unless their wallets start hurting.

  2. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 30, 2013 6:42 PM

    This doesn’t come down to racism or tradition. It will come down to who is going to pay for the name change because Snyder won’t flip for the entire bill.

  3. mataug says: Oct 30, 2013 7:05 PM

    serious question here – doesn’t the guy in the pic look like John McCain ? The lower half of the face in particular.

  4. zappaisgod says: Oct 30, 2013 7:30 PM

    Looks like Robert Kraft with a bad hair piece and tan.

  5. swaz22 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:03 PM

    I live in the area of the casino. This guy is shady and is involved in a lot of back room dealings. He can’t be trusted. The nation gave all new uniforms to one of the local schools to change their name because it was offensive to Native Americans. I really hope the NFL or Snyder doesn’t give in to Halbritter.

  6. swaz22 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:04 PM

    Look up Cooperstown high school.

  7. jayniner says: Oct 30, 2013 11:15 PM

    How about we call the meeting “Never gonna happen”?

  8. defscottyb says: Oct 31, 2013 9:54 AM

    Ray Halbritter is a total fraud and his own people hate him. Go read up on this guy…

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