Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Arizona Rep. Grijalva Joins In Renewed Call On D.C. NFL Team To Change Nickname

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-CD3) joined nine of his colleagues (including one Republican) in signing a letter today to the owner of the National Football League's Washington Redskins, and co-sponsoring a measure to cancel the Redskins' trademark.  Owner Daniel Snyder vowed earlier this month to "NEVER" change the long-controversial nickname.

Although the Congressional Native American Caucus likely has more members (a current list is not immediately available, but an earlier roster counted one Arizona Republican and two Democrats as members), the letters sent to Snyder, the NFL Commissioner, Redskins' major sponsor FedEx, and the other NFL team owners were only signed by 10 members.  Major portions of the letter can be found in this Indian Country Today article.

The text of the trademark bill is short and simple, and would affect all trademarks with the term "redskin" in it.  The bill has not yet been set for a subcommittee hearing in the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee.

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