Growing Pressure to Change Redskins Mascot as Team Heads into Packers Game at Lambeau
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Washington Redskins will face protesters as well as the Green Bay Packers when they play at Lambeau Field.
Native Americans plan to protest during the game because they consider 'redskins' as a derogatory term.
The team is also getting pressure from the New York state based Oneida Indian Nation which has launched a series of radio commercials in Wisconsin with the goal of gaining more public support for the team to change its nickname.
The tribe also has a website that went live just before the start of the NFL Season. "As a proud sponsor of the NFL, we are concerned that the NFL's continued use of such an offensive term is undermining its position as a unifying force in America," said Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, who is featured in the radio spot.
Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder has insisted he'll never change the name and NFL Commissioner, Rodger Goodell says he won't step in and force him to do so.
NBC26's Brian Miller talks with both sides of this controversial issue tonight on NBC26 Live at 5:00.