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Rep. Tom Cole, Sen. Maria Cantwell write to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about Washington Redskins name Published: February 10, 2014

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) have written a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell about the NFL’s stance on the Washington Redskins name.

“The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” Cantwell and Cole write in the letter. “It is clear that you haven’t heard the leading voices of this country — and not just Indian Country."

Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie responded in a written statement to Cole and Cantwell:

“With all the important issues Congress has to deal with such as a war in Afghanistan to deficits to health care, don’t they have more important issues to worry about than a football team’s name? And given the fact that the name of Oklahoma means ‘Red People’ in Choctaw, this request is a little ironic.”

In June, Cole sent letters to the Washington Redskins, the NFL and FedEx officials urging the change of the Redskins' name.

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