The controversy continues over the Washington Redskins‘ name.
According to Pro Football Talk, members of the Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium today in Washington, D.C. regarding the football team’s name. This meeting was intentionally planned to coincide with the NFL’s quarterly meetings taking place in Washington this week.
Because of the quarterly meetings, NFL representatives were unable to attend the Oneida Nation’s symposium, but the NFL will meet with them next month, per the league office.
NFL senior V.P. of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch explained this situation to Oneida Nation Chief Operating Officer Peter Carmen in a letter sent October 4.
Birch recommended the meeting be held before November 22 in either Manhattan or Verona, New York, which is where the Oneida offices are located. Birch also made sure that the NFL is willing to have constructive talk about Washington’s racially charged name.
However, it is unlikely this meeting will end in any kind of resolution for the Oneida Nation. Washington owner Daniel Snyder has already stated he will never change the team’s name. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that while they will always listen to feedback concerning their teams, the decision to change the name ultimately resides with Snyder.