Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole wants NFL's Redskins to change team name

Rep. Tom Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, wrote a bipartisan letter saying the Redskins name is a racial slur and that the NFL is on “the wrong side of history” in defending it.
by Chris Casteel Published: February 10, 2014
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Cole and Cantwell responded that the polling was a decade old. The National Congress of American Indians, which represents 250 tribes, considers the name racially offensive and wants it changed, the lawmakers said. They also noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office determined late last year that the term Redskin is “derogatory slang.”

“The National Football League can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the letter states.

“It is time for the National Football League to formally support and push for a name change for the Washington football team.”

The team also has defended the name. According to NFL.com, a team spokesman on Monday cited “almost 200” recent letters and emails of support from people who identified themselves as American Indians or family members of American Indians.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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