Change the Mascot

Change the Mascot is a national campaign to end the use of the racial slur “redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. Launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, the campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to do the right thing and bring an end the use of the racial epithet. View Fact Sheet.

NEW: During National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Change the Mascot Urges School Administrators Across America to Ban the R-Word Racial Slurread more here

Change the Mascot Applauds New Jersey Lawmakers for Joining Growing Political Movement Against Washington NFL Team’s R-word Nameread more here

Leader of National Campaign Against the Washington NFL Mascot to Address the Vital Issue at Penn State on October 22read more here

Change the Mascot Calls on NFL’s New VP of Social Responsibility to Clarify Position on Washington Team Name and How it Aligns with League’s Stated Idealsread more here

Change the Mascot Campaign Celebrates New Data Showing Less Use of the R-Word - read more here

Change the Mascot Calls on NFL Owners to Stand Against Washington NFL Team’s Use of R-word Racial Slurread more here

SAVE THE DATE: Change the Mascot Press Conference – Tribal Leaders to Address New Campaign Initiatives Related to D.C. NFL Team During Sept. 16 Press Conferenceread more here

NFL Season Kicks Off with Change the Mascot Ad Urging Public to Take Action Against Washington NFL Team’s Demeaning R-word Nameread more here

Change the Mascot and Diverse Coalition of More Than 100 Groups Urge Radio and T.V. Broadcasters to Cease Use of Washington Team’s Disparaging R-word Name on Airwaves - read more here

Change the Mascot Praises The Washington Post for Decision to End its Use of the Washington NFL Team’s Offensive R-Word Name - read more here

Change the Mascot Praises Respected NFL Official Mike Carey for Stance Against Washington NFL Team’s Racist R-Word Name – read more here

California State Assembly Calls for the Washington NFL Team to Change its Nameread release here

Change the Mascot Campaign Statement: NFL Appeal is Desperate Defense of Racial Epithet - read statement

Native American Leaders to Washington Team Owner Dan Snyder: Yes, We are Offended by Your Team’s Name, and No, We Will Not Be Ignoredread here

Change the Mascot Campaign Responds to Washington Team Owner Dan Snyder’s Defense of R*dskins Name - read here

Change the Mascot Campaign Praises Hillary Clinton for Strongly Opposing the Washington NFL Team’s Nameread here

Native American Groups Urge Washington Team Owner Dan Snyder to Stop Claiming Name Change Issue Driven by “Elites” Who Are Not People of Colorread here

Granddaughter of Infamous Washington Team Owner Calls for Team to Change Its Name - read more here

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder the Latest to Join Change the Mascot Campaign in Calling for an End to Washington NFL Team’s Use of R-word Racial Slur - read more here 

National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation Statement on Resignation of Washington NFL Team Executive Hired to Defend the R-Word Racial Epithetread more here

Oneida Nation, National Congress of American Indians and United Church of Christ React to FedEx Field Section Named for Segregationist George Preston Marshall - read more here

Oneida Indian Nation and National Congress of American Indians Praise U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for Canceling Washington NFL Team’s R-Word Trademarkread more here

  • Tremendous Outpouring of Universal Praise Follows Yesterday’s Landmark Ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Cancel the Washington NFL Team Registered Trademark – read more here

United Church of Christ Central Atlantic Conference Passes Resolution Calling for Washington Football Team Name Change and Calls for Member Boycott - read more here

Yocha Dehe Tribe to Air TV Ad Against R*dskins Name in Seven Major Markets During NBA Championship Game - read more here

Citing Civil Rights History, Groups Ask NFL Players to Oppose Washington NFL Team Name and Join the Change the Mascot Campaignread more here

  • Read the letter to NFL players here
  • Current and former NFL player, coaches and executives in support of change

Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians Praise 50 U.S. Senators for Letter to NFL Urging Change for the D.C. Team’s Mascot – read more here

  • 50 Senators to NFL: Follow NBA’s Lead and Change Washington Team Nameread letter here
  • Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter appeared on MSNBCs “Jansing & Co.” to discuss the latest developments  – watch here

Oneida Indian Nation Praises New York Lawmakers for Resolution Calling on Pro Sports Leagues to Stop Using Racial Slurs - read more here

VIDEO: Remarks by Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter

VIDEO: Remarks by members of the New York State Assembly and Senate supporting the Resolution

MEDIA SPOTLIGHT:
Ray Halbritter appears on ESPN’s Outside the Lines
Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter appeared live on ESPN’s Outside the Lines Thursday April 25, reacting to the latest comments by Washington NFL team owner Dan Snyder.

Below are the video clips of Ray Halbritter’s comments on the ESPN program:

Ray Halbritter – ESPN clip #1
Ray Halbritter – ESPN clip #2
Ray Halbritter – ESPN clip #3

LATEST PRESS RELEASES

NEW!  Oneida Indian Nation Praises NBA for Issuing Lifetime Ban to Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling for Racist Remarks – click here to read release

Oneida Nation Praises Leading Native American Organizations for Withdrawing Support for Event Sponsored by Washington NFL Team – click here to read release

Oneida Indian Nation and National Congress of American Indians Applaud the UN for Condemning the Hurtful Name of Washington’s NFL Team – Click here to read the statement

Oneida Indian Nation Statement Regarding Revelations Surrounding the Washington NFL Team’s New FoundationClick here to read statement

Oneida Indian Nation Statement Regarding Foundation Announcement by Washington NFL Team Owner Dan SnyderClick here to read statement

OTHER NEWS

Oneida Indian Nation Praises U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Rejection of Washington Redskins Product Due to the Derogatory Nature of the R-WordClick here to read release

Oneida Nation Issues Statement Regarding a Bipartisan Congressional Letter to the NFL Calling for the League to Support Changing the Name of Washington’s Team - Click here to read release

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Inc. – a coaltion of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations – passed a Resolution Dec. 12 calling on the NFL’s Washington team to change its nameclick here to read

Oneida Indian Nation Releases Poll Data Showing That a Name Change by Washington’s NFL Team Would Lead to Continued or Strengthened Support for the Team – click here to read

Read a report by noted psychologist Dr. Michael Friedman on the harmful effects of the use of a racial slur – click here

Read: The Fascination and Frustration with Native American Mascots by Jennifer Guiliano, assistant director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

Oneida Indian Nation Responds to President Obama’s Historic Comments About Washington’s NFL Team Name The President’s comments come just two days before the Indian Nation’s “Change the Mascot” symposium at the NFL Fall Meeting    Read the Press Release – click here

  • Watch a short video with highlights from the Symposium – click here
  • Watch the Symposium remarks by The Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton - click here
  • Watch the Symposium remarks by The Hon. Betty McCollum – click here
  • Watch the Symposium remarks by Dr. Michael Friedman, Psychologist – click here
  • Watch the Symposium remarks by Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian – click here
  • Watch the Symposium remarks by Cooperstown (NY) School Board President Dr. David Borgstrom and High School Students Emily Greenberg and Catherine Borgstrom – click here
  • Watch the interview with the President on NBC click here