Oneida Nation protests Redskins nickname at game, through radio ads
Charles Benson with Jay Sorgi
Photo: Video by wtmj.com
The Green Bay Packers host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and the visitors will have protesters when they arrive in Green Bay this weekend.
The Oneida Nation plans to protest the Redskins name at every game Washington plays this season.
The Oneida call the nickname and mascot offensive.
The protests at games are being augmented by radio ads, including one airing on 620WTMJ, the flagship station for the Green Bay Packers.
"The word "Redskins" is deeply hurtful to Native Americans. It is what our people were called as our lands were taken," said the ad, which you can hear in the media gallery above.
"It is the insult Native American parents heard as their children were taken, and, sadly, it is the racial slur the NFL continues to use to describe the team that represents our nation's capital. It is simply wrong to use the offensive term "Redskins" to sell anything, much less an NFL team."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in an interview Wednesday that the NFL has to listen to concerns of all of its fans.
He said previously this year he supports the nickname, but he explained Wednesday that any decision on the nickname or mascot is ultimately up to team owner Dan Snyder.
Snyder has said he will never change the name.