NFL statement on Oneida Nation meeting

NFL statement on Oneida Nation meeting
October 30, 2013, 5:15 pm
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The Oneida Nation met with NFL officials on Wednesday to discuss concerns with the Washington Redskins team name. Following the meeting, the NFL released the following statement:

We met at the request of Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation. We listened and respectfully discussed the views of Mr. Halbritter, Oneida Nation Wolf Clan Representative Keller George and their colleagues as well as the sharply differing views of many other Native Americans and fans in general. The meeting was part of an ongoing dialogue to facilitate listening and learning, consistent with the commissioner’s comments earlier this year.

(Background notes: NFL attendees were SVP Adolpho Birch and EVPs Jeff Pash and Paul Hicks… Ray Halbritter’s title is Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises …the Oneida Indian Nation, which has approximately 1,000 enrolled members, is one of 566 federally recognized sovereign Native American nations, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior/Indian Affairs.)