Washington Redskins owner says he will help Native AmericansWashington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, under growing pressure to change the franchise's nickname, said Monday he will start a foundation designed to help Native Americans.
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Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, under growing pressure to change the franchise's nickname, said Monday he will start a foundation designed to help Native Americans.
Snyder sent a letter to Redskins fans Monday night that detailed his plans for the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Snyder said the foundation is a result from four months of visiting tribal reservations across the country.
Snyder said the team took a survey of tribes from 100 reservations, trying to gauge their most pressing needs.
The Redskins' nickname was first adopted in 1933 when the team was still in Boston.
Some Native American leaders escalated their fight to get them to change the team name, applying public pressure through pickets and media attention.
"The more I heard, the more I've learned, and the more I saw, the more resolved I became about helping to address the challenges that plague the Native American community," Snyder's letter stated in part. "In speaking face-to-face with Native American leaders and community members, it's plain to see they need action, not words."