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.