National Congress of American Indians: “This moment has been 87 years in the making”

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Washington announced on Friday its intention to conduct a “thorough review” of the team’s name. Which is a precursor, frankly, to changing the name. The National Congress of American Indians, which has been pushing for the change for years, has issued a statement acknowledging the development.

“We are encouraged by the Washington NFL team’s announcement that it will conduct a ‘thorough review’ of the team’s name and mascot,” NCAI president Fawn Sharp. “This moment has been 87 years in the making, and we have reached this moment thanks to decades of tireless efforts by tribal leaders, advocates, citizens, and partners to educate America about the origins and meaning of the R-word. NCAI looks forward to immediately commencing discussions with the league and team about how they will change the team’s name and mascot, and a prompt timetable for doing so. Indian Country deserves nothing less. The time to change is now.”

The statement doesn’t indicate whether the NCAI will welcome another name that directly or indirectly refers to Native Americans. As noted earlier, the NCAI may not want any Native American names or likenesses associated with the franchise — especially given the franchise’s chronic refusal to change the soon-to-be-former name.

Regardless, the NCAI will have an important voice in this process. More than polling or anecdotal claims or anything else, the NCAI serves as a representative and collective voice for Native Americans, and the group should have a seat at the table as a new name is selected.

33 responses to “National Congress of American Indians: “This moment has been 87 years in the making”

  1. Personally I think they should stick with their natural rivalry with the Cowboys. The whole Cowboys and Indians thing has been in half the Westerns ever created. So stuck with that and go with Outlaws or Bandits, or something like that

  2. But, but, all the detractors have been claiming that all Natives actually really like the name and want to keep it.

  3. I would go to a completely different name with no connect to any form of human beings. Otherwise they will be right back where they are in 10 years.

  4. NCAI does not deserve or need a seat on at the table, the name is being changed, they don’t need to have any input into the new name…

  5. REDTAILS, REDTAILS, REDTAILS!

    Turn an L into a W Snyder.

    It’s a no-brainer, and the right thing to do.

    And maybe, with a boost in positive karma, the Washington football franchise may actually be relevant again competitively.

  6. More like 49 years, since the NCAI had heavy input on the current logo in 1971.

  7. Why are you jumping to conclusions??? They didn’t say yes definitely, just we will consider… no one said yes, definitely.

  8. But a bunch of old white men told me that this was about “lib’ruls” and Native Americans didn’t want the name change. I guess they were just following their liar-in-chief.

  9. “National Congress of American Indians”. Sounds like some org funded by George Soros or some other guilty white liberal, like Bezos or coronavirus expert Bill Gates.

  10. This won’t be the end of it. Soon we’ll be renaming Washington DC and Washington State.

  11. This is a native group just trying to get some publicity and jump on the coat tails. Most natives don’t care and never have.
    At this point though i do hope that the name gets changed just so we don’t have to listen tot his whining anymore. I hope it has nothing to do with warriors or indians in any way. Change it to a white name and a picture of a white guy see how that goes over:)

  12. polymath says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    This won’t be the end of it. Soon we’ll be renaming Washington DC and Washington State.

    _________________________

    Washington State is pretty offensive…

  13. humansaredumb says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:42 pm
    This is a native group just trying to get some publicity and jump on the coat tails. Most natives don’t care and never have.

    So you know this? You have discussed it with you many Native American friends?

  14. 6250claimer says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    “National Congress of American Indians”. Sounds like some org funded by George Soros or some other guilty white liberal, like Bezos or coronavirus expert Bill Gates.
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    Tinfoil hat time. Guy 100% buys the “only 10% of Native Americans are offended by the name” poll, yet thinks any opposing viewpoint must be some wacko conspiracy.

  15. Red Tails, Americans, Fog, Grays, Benjamins, Georges, Potowmacks, Mustangs, Sun, Storm, Hurricanes, Thunder, Lightning, Stars, Mars, Mercury, Ironsides, Hogs, Big Dogs, Tigers, Bulls, etc. etc. Just change the damn name!

  16. Maybe they should just change the logo to that of a potato. I doubt that redskin potato’s would protest.

  17. Funny all some said “no Natives have a problem with this this is liberals making a big deal out of nothing”. But when a NCAI which is the largest and most representative organization for American Indians and Alaska Natives it’s “well those Natives don’t count because it goes against my argument.”

    Like just stop it, you know you never had a encounter with a Native in your life to ask them, and no spending your weekend at a casino doesn’t count.

  18. National Congress of American Indians”. Sounds like some org funded by George Soros or some other guilty white liberal, like Bezos or coronavirus expert Bill Gates.
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    Please don’t reproduce

  19. This is a native group just trying to get some publicity and jump on the coat tails. Most natives don’t care and never have.
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    You read that on the internet and now think it’s true. Charming. I’m married to a woman who’s half Cherokee. She cares. Not going to make a stupid blanket statement about all NA’s based on that, but obviously that doesn’t stop you.

  20. National Congress of American Indians”. Sounds like some org funded by George Soros or some other guilty white liberal, like Bezos or coronavirus expert Bill Gates.
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    Just an ounce of research before posting would have saved you a lot of embarrassment.

  21. WFC. Washington Football club. Erase all nicknames from football clubs and then call them by their city or state. No more problems. Then do away with the national anthem(s) This is getting out of hand.

  22. I remember the days where the biggest problem you had was figuring out if you and the missus were going over to your friends to watch the games or have people over to watch.

  23. Can’t wait until the name is changed and all the problems of the world will be solved. But, of course, they won’t. The same people whining about this will just find something else to whine about.

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