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NFL to meet with New York legislator who questions legitimacy of Ray Halbritter

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Last week, the NFL met with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation.  The meeting reasonably could be viewed as legitimizing the opposition to the Redskins name.

Next, the NFL will meet with New York representative Claudia Tenney.  That meeting reasonably could be viewed as legitimizing the alleged illegitimacy of Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter.

“She requested a meeting,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email.  “We want to hear from different perspectives.”

For Tenney, however, the perspective doesn’t relate to the Redskins name.  It relates to her attack on Halbritter.

“We know she’s not a big fan of Halbritter,” McCarthy said.

The Oneida Indian Nation previously fired back at attacks on Halbritter’s status, including citation to a federal court finding that the contention Halbritter isn’t the legitimate representative of the tribe “is not only specious, it comes very close to being sanctionable.”

At the time, the NFL had no comment regarding Tenney’s challenge to Halbritter.

“Groups and political leaders representing millions of people understand a self evident and painfully obvious truth: promoting a dictionary defined racial epithet in the 21st century in not acceptable,” Oneida Indian Nation spokesman Joel Barkin said in response to the league’s agreement to meet with Tenney.  “Our campaign will be expanding in the coming weeks to promote this message and finally end the Washington team’s use of this derogatory term.”
Meanwhile, the NFL has not yet responded to specific requests made in Halbritter’s recent letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Halbritter has asked Goodell and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to visit the Oneida Indian Nation Homelands, has requested an audience with the league’s owners during Super Bowl week, and has petitioned Goodell to sanction Snyder for not changing the name.
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31 Responses to “NFL to meet with New York legislator who questions legitimacy of Ray Halbritter”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 3, 2013 6:29 PM

    Tenney is the attorney for an Oneida guy who allegedly is not against the redskins name.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 3, 2013 6:30 PM

    It seems that the NFL has hired a lawyer and an Indian.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 3, 2013 6:31 PM

    http://wibx950.com/video-assemblywoman-tenney-ousted-by-security-in-nyc/

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 3, 2013 6:37 PM

    I was just thinking of reasons why I think the term Redskins isn ‘t racist in my opinion and here’s my #1 reason why..

    We accept being called “black” or “white” and we don’t consider it racist. Why should “red” be considered any different.

    By the way, I find it humorous that the Redskins name is such an issue, but the Seminoles get by without complaint.

  5. mymanmccoy says: Nov 3, 2013 6:37 PM

    Political correctness on the move once again. Stand tall Daniel and I’ll respect you that much more!

  6. charger383 says: Nov 3, 2013 6:43 PM

    Never heard of her before, but I like her now

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 3, 2013 6:43 PM

    “Stand tall, Adolf and I’ll respect you that much more”

    - myman’s grandfather

  8. Ferdinand says: Nov 3, 2013 6:45 PM

    Is the NFL going out of its way to muck this whole thing up?

  9. onbucky96 says: Nov 3, 2013 6:59 PM

    I hereby petition Roger Godell to join me for a beer the next time he’s in Green Bay. See, anybody can petition anything.

  10. jelliot1978 says: Nov 3, 2013 7:03 PM

    @detective jimmy
    The term has previously been used with derogatory intent while white or black has not. Also Washington has the only name that can be deemed racist, Seminole, Chiefs, Braves are not. Cleveland using a mis-identifier is eh but their mascot/logo is questionable.

    Those that ask why now I would answer that it isn’t new as I remember hearing about it in the 90s particularly when the Chiefs, Braves and Seminoles were asked to stop the tomahawk chop. The Chiefs stopped doing it fairly quickly, the Seminoles took a little longer to stop and the braves took forever.

    To the term itself it has lost a lot of its derogatory meaning not by an understanding but rather the annihilation of the tribes that inhabited this continent.

  11. safariad says: Nov 3, 2013 7:08 PM

    Why is the Oneida Nation the group protesting? Why not the Seminoles, Sioux, Cherokee or even a group located in/near Virginia (as opposed to one from upstate New York)

  12. gravedigger93 says: Nov 3, 2013 7:11 PM

    If Redskin had ever been as a derogatory term for black people then the Redskin name would have been changed long ago. Just another example of how Native Americans are still disrespected in this country. When it’s black people that claim an offense, people go out of their way to solve the issue as quickly as possible. When Native Americans claim an offense, no one takes it seriously and it gets dismissed. 500 years since Europeans came to America and the natives still can’t catch a break…mass relocations, slavery, and genocide took place, but I’m sorry you’re sick of being politically correct. We still treat black slavery with incredible reverence, as we should, but the treatment of Native Americans gets tossed aside like it’s ancient history and not relevant any longer.

  13. maddenboy says: Nov 3, 2013 7:22 PM

    please give it a rest.

    As usual, minimum 2 posts per day on this topic.

    If you check the “thumbs up” vs. the “thumbs down” on all of these posts, the vast majority either side with the Redskins, or dont really care.

    These grown men will work it out amongst themselves. . We dont need PFT to fan the flames.

    Please, lets get back to FOOTBALL.

  14. jredshoes says: Nov 3, 2013 7:22 PM

    Hope Detective Jimmy is assigned to my case if I commit a crime because the Chiefs have used the Tomahawk chop since I’ve had tickets (1988).

  15. padraighansen says: Nov 3, 2013 7:31 PM

    Tenney is competent attorney; but this screams of yet another white, rich, Republican political move to create visibility for someone who wants to appeal to an uber-conservative, bigoted, ignorant partisan base.

  16. varepoman says: Nov 3, 2013 7:35 PM

    Bingo Maddenboy….this is ridiculous!

  17. philrat says: Nov 3, 2013 7:39 PM

    No one ever names a professional team any name that is derogatory regardless of what a tiny group of new yorkers think. Can’t anyone find an Indian in the Washington area that has a problem with the name? Clearly the term is a complement to Indians and not a slur. People want their professional sports teams to be thought of as tough warriors! Only a few Indians in new york and a few media talking heads are making an issue an issue of this. There is no evidence that Halbritter is even an Indian regardless if he is a representative or not.

  18. awm7353 says: Nov 3, 2013 7:49 PM

    The reason the Oneida Nation is the only one complaining is because it is the only group that NBC could find to stir up controversy among liberal limp wristers. These people are the ones that drive political correctness, which is nothing more than quelling freedom of speech unless you agree with them. The media will always seek out those that agree with their views, to push their agenda, no matter how fringe or few the group is and try to make it seem like a majority view. Having a degree in broadcasting and worked in the field, I saw how easy it is to manipulate the news and is really easy to spot if you pay attention.

  19. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 3, 2013 8:02 PM

    Hope Detective Jimmy is assigned to my case if I commit a crime because the Chiefs have used the Tomahawk chop since I’ve had tickets (1988).

    This made me laugh really hard. +1

    The Seminoles just came into my mind because I was watching FSU vs. MIA and saw the guy in full Ind.. err.. Native American garb on the horse and sticking the flaming spear in the field.

  20. sactogary says: Nov 3, 2013 8:22 PM

    Call just came in from New Delhi, asking the Oneida Indian Nation to change their name.

  21. dretwann says: Nov 3, 2013 9:11 PM

    This is exhausting. There has to be other more important issues facing Native Americans right? I mean, if they succeed in getting the Skins to change the name, how does this improve their many problems?

  22. robyesno says: Nov 3, 2013 9:39 PM

    gravedigger93 says:

    If Redskin had ever been as a derogatory term for black people then the Redskin name would have been changed long ago. Just another example of how Native Americans are still disrespected in this country. When it’s black people that claim an offense, people go out of their way to solve the issue as quickly as possible. When Native Americans claim an offense, no one takes it seriously and it gets dismissed. 500 years since Europeans came to America and the natives still can’t catch a break…mass relocations, slavery, and genocide took place, but I’m sorry you’re sick of being politically correct. We still treat black slavery with incredible reverence, as we should, but the treatment of Native Americans gets tossed aside like it’s ancient history and not relevant any longer.
    ——————————————————–
    Your point: the name, Redskin is racist; and the Native Americans are long overdo sensitivity, compassion, respect, and morose apologies for past atrocities. NOW, do it without disparaging and diminishing another minorities equally painful and tragic history. Why pit one cause against the other. Man’s inhumanity to man needs glaring and harsh light shed on it all around. GET IT!

  23. xcler8n says: Nov 3, 2013 10:26 PM

    Should be an interesting month. I can see the Oneida Indian Nation suing the American Government for continually celebrating Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Since obviously that “dinner” was the beginning of “mass relocations, slavery, and genocide” – gravedigger93 We should be more sensitive and ban that holiday.

    This debate gets old, every nationality in this country has a past of slavery or persecution. Yes even the white people were serfs (slaves) or left Europe to avoid religious persecution and death.

    HAIL!

  24. 407magic says: Nov 3, 2013 11:02 PM

    @ detective. Seminole is a tribe that was in Florida not a racial slur lol.
    If the skins used the name Washington Cherokees this wouldn’t be an issue.
    How about the Washington camel jockeys? That wouldn’t go well with a certain group of people now would it..

  25. defscottyb says: Nov 4, 2013 12:34 AM

    and oh yeah… Ray Halbritter is a fraud.

  26. defscottyb says: Nov 4, 2013 12:46 AM

    The Seminoles just came into my mind because I was watching FSU vs. MIA and saw the guy in full Ind.. err.. Native American garb on the horse and sticking the flaming spear in the field.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Yes, because Florida State paid them off, they put them on the payroll. So, all the outrage magically vanished. It’s all about $$$ my friend.

  27. musicman495 says: Nov 4, 2013 2:08 AM

    gravedigger93 says: Nov 3, 2013 7:11 PM

    If Redskin had ever been as a derogatory term for black people then the Redskin name would have been changed long ago.
    ————————
    Maybe if the term Redskin were universally rejected by Native Americans as an offensive name for a football team it would have been changed long ago too. But according to a 2004 poll, 90% of Native Americans do not NOT find it offensive. And anecdotally, some Native Americans are actually Redskins fans and display their paraphernalia. Now why doesn’t someone ask Mr. Halbritter what he has to say about that?

  28. draftazoid says: Nov 4, 2013 8:32 AM

    The Chief of the Rappahannock Tribe took a more blunt approach with her opinion, dismissing the debate as largely irrelevant.

    “There are so many more issues that are important for the tribe than to waste time on what a team is called. We’re worried about real things, and I don’t consider that a real thing,” G. Anne Richardson told the newspaper.

    “We’re more worried about our kids being educated, our people housed, elder care and the survival of our culture. We’ve been in that survival mode for 400 years. We’re not worried about how some ball team is named.”

  29. secofunk says: Nov 4, 2013 1:20 PM

    I wonder if “gravedigger93″ is aware that they still fly the confederate flag over the SC state capital . You see? There are many things that still are a slap in the face to blacks. Can’t whine about everything ….this name change is stupid.

  30. turtlehut says: Nov 4, 2013 8:18 PM

    Why does our president push the Washington Redskins to change their name and logo, but celebrates his hometown Chicago Blackhawks?

  31. defscottyb says: Nov 5, 2013 5:47 AM

    God I can’t wait until this goes away as usual and it’s a non-story again. Let’s get back to talking about football again.

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