UPDATE: Oneida Nation applauds retiring of Washington NFL team’s name, logo

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MONDAY 7/13/2020 11:07 a.m.

ONEIDA RESERVATION, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oneida Nation is applauding the decision to retire Washington’s NFL team’s name and logo.

In a Monday release, Chairman Tehassi Hill states:

“The Oneida Nation is a nation of strong families built upon our traditions and culture and a strong economy. We encourage the use of a good mind, a good heart, and a strong fire. Today our fire within burns stronger and our minds and heart are full of hope that change for the better is coming to our nations.”

The release includes that “one of the toughest battles has been won” and that “the time has finally come after 50 years of fighting the racist naming of teams and mascots.”

In a Monday release, Washington announced they would retire the name and logo and that a new name and design are in the works.

The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3 that the NFL supported. That came in the aftermath of prominent sponsors FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo, and Bank of America asking the team to change the name.

FedEx is the title sponsor of the team’s stadium in Landover, Maryland, and CEO Frederick Smith is a minority owner. Nike, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other companies pulled team gear from their online stores.

Washington NFL team to retire name, logo

MONDAY 7/13/2020 8:03 a.m.

ASHBURN, Va. (WFRV) – Washington’s NFL team will officially retire its name and logo, according to a Monday release.

The team says that on July 3, they began a thorough review of the team’s name.

The release goes on to say that owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera “are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans, and community for the next 100 years.

USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post, Washington Times and Sports Business Journal reported Sunday night that owner Dan Snyder is set to “retire” the name. Yahoo, on Saturday, reported a name change was imminent.

The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3 that the NFL supported. That came in the aftermath of prominent sponsors FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo, and Bank of America asking the team to change the name.

FedEx is the title sponsor of the team’s stadium in Landover, Maryland, and CEO Frederick Smith is a minority owner. Nike, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other companies pulled team gear from their online stores.

Over a dozen Native American leaders and organizations wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week demanding an immediate end to Washington’s use of the name. In the letter that was obtained by The Associated Press, they said they “expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to repair the decades of emotional violence and other serious harms this racist team name has caused to Native Peoples.”

Original Story: Reports: Washington to shed NFL team name Monday

MONDAY 7/13/2020 6:24 a.m.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington’s NFL team will get rid of its name on Monday, according to multiple reports.

It’s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league’s oldest franchises. On July 8, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Washington would move away from Native American imagery.

USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post, Washington Times and Sports Business Journal reported Sunday night that owner Dan Snyder is set to “retire” the name. Yahoo, on Saturday, reported a name change was imminent.

The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3 that the NFL supported. That came in the aftermath of prominent sponsors FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo, and Bank of America asking the team to change the name.

FedEx is the title sponsor of the team’s stadium in Landover, Maryland, and CEO Frederick Smith is a minority owner. Nike, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other companies pulled team gear from their online stores.

Over a dozen Native American leaders and organizations wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week demanding an immediate end to Washington’s use of the name. In the letter that was obtained by The Associated Press, they said they “expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to repair the decades of emotional violence and other serious harms this racist team name has caused to Native Peoples.”

WFRV Local 5 contributed to this story.

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