BAN THE BILLS!
BAN THE BILLS!
Named in 1947 as the "Buffalo Bills" the NFL franchise is named after "Buffalo Bill" Cody, a Frontiersman who proclaimed himself as an "Indian fighter".
In 1857 Cody came to be celebrated as the youngest Indian fighter on the Great Plains after he killed a Native American who helped attack the cattle drive on which Cody was working. He was in demand as a scout and guide, mostly for the U.S. Fifth Cavalry, throughout much of the government’s attempt to wipe out Indian resistance to settlement of the land west of the Mississippi River (1868–76). During his army service, Cody’s reputation continued to grow. In all, he is believed to have engaged in 16 Indian fights, including his much-publicized scalping (July 17, 1876) of the Cheyenne warrior Yellow Hair (erroneously translated as Yellow Hand) in Sioux county, Nebraska, which was hailed as a response to the massacre of Custer’s command at the Battle of the Little Bighorn earlier in the year. Cody was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1872 for gallantry as an Army scout in the Indian Wars.
In later life Cody created his "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show where performers re-enacted the riding of the Pony Express, Indian attacks on wagon trains, and stagecoach robberies. The finale was typically a portrayal of an Indian attack on a settler's cabin.
It is imperative that the Buffalo Bills change the name of their franchise to something other than a man who participated in slaughtering Native Americans and depicting them in such a negative light! I ask that you PLEASE sign our petition to change the name to something more suitable.