NFL’s Washington Redskins To Retire Name And Logo Because It’s Offense To Native Americans

( The team formerly known as the Washington Redskins of the National Football League officially announced Monday that they would be changing their name and logo.

The announcement came after the team conducted a “thorough review” that started on July 3.

In a statement, the team announced:

“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review. Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”

The team has been broiled in controversy over their name for quite a few years, due to its racist connotations against Native Americans. Until now, Snyder, the owner of the team, has resisted calls to make a change. But now, following the re-emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and other pushes for equality, the team finally decided to make the change.

The announcement was more than welcomed by Ray Halbritter, who is a representative of the Oneida Nation and is the head of the Change the Mascot campaign. In a statement Monday, he said:

“The NFL and Dan Snyder have finally made the right call and Change the Mascot commends them for it. This is a good decision for the country — not just Native peoples — since it closes a painful chapter of denigration and disrespect toward Native Americans and other people of color. Future generations of Native youth will no longer be subjected to this offensive and harmful slur every Sunday during football season.

“We have made clear from the start that this movement was never about political correctness, but seeking to prevent unnecessary harm to our youth, since we know from social scientists the many harmful effects this mascot has had on Native Americans’ self-image. Today marks the start of a new chapter for the NFL and the Washington franchise, beginning a new legacy that can be more inclusive for fans of all backgrounds.”

The team plans to announce a new name in the near future. It will have to work out trademark issues before it can do so.

Other professional sports franchises have been faced with similar questions. The Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball have said they would re-examine the team’s name.

But others have announced they won’t do so. The Atlanta Braves of MLB said they wouldn’t retire the name but would look into the famed “tomahawk chop” chant that happens during home games. The Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League said they wouldn’t change their name because it honors the life of a Native American.

In a statement, the Blackhawks said:

“The Chicago Blackhaws’ name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans and the public. We celebrate Black Hawk’s legacy by offering ongoing reverent examples of Native American culture, traditions and contributions, providing a platform for genuine dialogue with local and national Native American groups.”