New Campaign From The NCAI Brings Redskins Mascot Name Controversy To Forefront During Super Bowl Weekend

Oneida Indian NationJust in time for the Super Bowl, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest organization representing Native Americans, has released a powerful new video bringing the mascot name controversy back to the forefront.

The two-minute video includes a list of all the names used to describe Native Americans such as Cherokee, Blackfoot, and Navajo. The commercial ends after the voiceover says “Native Americans call themselves many things, the one thing they don’t…” and then shows a Washington Redskins helmet and NFL football.

In association with the National Congress of American Indians, the commercial is a call to action to contact the NFL, Roger Goodell, the Washington Post, the “Washington Professional Football Team,” and visit

According to their website, Change the Mascot is a national campaign to end the use of the racial slur “redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. Launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, the campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to do the right thing and bring an end the use of the racial epithet.

An earlier video released in November, featured interviews with tribal leaders from across the country calling for the Washington NFL team’s mascot to be dropped.

Tribal leaders from seven tribes are featured in the video:

  • Cathy Abramson – Councilmember, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Al Goozmer – President, Tyonek Native Village of Alaska
  • Brian Cladoosby – Chairman, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and President, NCAI
  • Edwina Butler Wolfe – Governor, Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Leander McDonald – Tribal Chairman, Spirit Lake Tribe
  • Dennis Welsh – Chairman, Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Candace Bossard – Councilmember, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
  • Supporters are encouraged to also follow the campaign on Twitter by following @ChangeDCMascot, @OneidaNation, and @OneidaNatnNews.

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