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Washington Redskins' owner announces foundation to help Native American tribes Published: March 25, 2014

Dan Snyder isn't backing down from continuing to use his team's embattled nickname. Now the Washington Redskins' owner is trying to change perception by making a public overture towards American Indians.

In a letter posted Monday on the team's website, Snyder announced the creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which will aim "to tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country."

Snyder wrote that he and his staff have traveled to 26 tribal reservations across 20 states in the past four months. The letter cited statistics on the poverty rate on reservations as well as rates of diabetes, alcohol and drug abuse, violence and suicide among American Indians.

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