The Oneida Indian Nation is taking to the airwaves to pressure the Washington Redskins to dump their nickname.
The tribe, based in Central New York, announced Thursday it will launch an advertising campaign to urge the NFL franchise to shed a nickname frequently deemed offensive.
The first ads will air on sports radio in Washington, D.C. in advance of the team’s season-opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The ads will ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to “do the right thing” and back the campaign.
“As a proud sponsor of the NFL, we are concerned that the NFL's continued use of such an offensive term is undermining its position as a unifying force in America,” Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter said in a news release. “America is a society that values mutual respect. Using a slur and making a mascot out of our indigenous culture has no place in such a society. We believe that with the help of our fellow professional football fans, we can get the NFL to realize the error of its ways and make a very simple change.”