NCLR Board: Washington Football Organization Should Change its Name

NCLR has joined the growing chorus of voices urging the Washington football organization to drop its name and the images offensive to millions of Native Americans.

At their fall meeting this past weekend, the NCLR Board of Directors held that unanimous vote to call on Dan Snyder, the team’s owner, and the entire organization to make the change.

Photo: Keith Allison, Creative Commons
Photo: Keith Allison, Creative Commons

“Our brothers and sisters in the Native American community have been clear and consistent in their call to change both terms and images that they consider demeaning. As an organization committed to fairness and equality for all, NCLR fully supports these efforts,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía in a statement.

NCLR has already joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human rights in its efforts to change the organization’s name. The vote this past weekend solidifies the commitment to those efforts and further strengthens our relationship with the Native American community.

“The Latino community well understands that words matter and that they can denigrate, disparage and dehumanize,” said Murguía. “We should treat all people with the respect and dignity they deserve. We will continue to work with our friends and partners in the Native American community and with the Leadership Conference until justice is served in this matter.”

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