Keep Native American Heritage in Sports

Keep Native American Heritage in Sports

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Jennifer Ernster started this petition to Washington Redskins and

Save the Redskins started this petition years ago and it is valid again. I’m restarting this petition to save my heritage from being wiped out with the cancel culture that is going on in 2020.  Please rethink the removal of the name. Do not be bullied into changing the name without a proper poll or survey done with true Native American tribes. This was never used in an offensive manor and was used to honor the coach. 

The Redskins name originated in Boston in 1933. After they were called the Boston Braves. They changed the name to honor the coach that was Native American, William “Lone Star” Dietz. It’s been trademarked since 1967. Redskins is stated to be a disparaging and racial term to Native Americans as it is basically the stereotype that the “red skinned” people are blood thirsty savages, when in fact they were noble warriors. I believe that we are in a time where heritage needs to be protected. Native American culture and heritage is slowly disappearing. 

-Redskins stands for pride, respect, honor, bravery, and tradition.

-The Washington Redskins have historically used and continually use the name in an honorable fashion.

-The oppositon asserts that Redskins was coined to describe the scalps used for Indian bounties. This claim has been repeatedly refuted by historians, linguists, and others in the Indian community.

-We reject the claim that Indian mascots in sports have a negative effect on American Indian youth when several Tribes use Indian mascots to sell tobacco products.

-Denegrating the use and origins of the term only serves to continue distorting the history of the American Indian in our modern culture.

-We do believe that there could be a middle ground.  Teams that use Indian mascots could use some of the profits to give back to the Indian community if they are not already doing so.

-The Indian head replaced the R on the logo at the behest of Walter Wetzel, former chairman of the Blackfoot tribe and president of the National Congress of American Indians in the 1960s.

-"It made us all so proud to have an Indian on a big-time team. . . . It's only a small group of radicals who oppose those names. Indians are proud of Indians."-Walter Wetzel

-There are many American Indians that support the Redskins, unfortunately their stories are rarely told. Please listen to the real opinions! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoGESZjbOaM&index=1&list=UUX3ZKc033vxF52v9RHfMYxQ

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/new-poll-finds-9-in-10-native-americans-arent-offended-by-redskins-name/2016/05/18/3ea11cfa-161a-11e6-924d-838753295f9a_story.html
 

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