Native Americans plan protest of Redskins name at final home game

Tuesday December 16th, 2014

Activists plan on protesting the use of the Washington Redskins nickname and logo during the team’s final home this season on Dec. 28 against the Dallas Cowboys, reports The Washington Post.

According to the report, Tara Houska, who works for a non-profit organization called Not Your Mascots, will team up with National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media with the hope of bringing out at least 500 people to the game.

"Hopefully the message is getting across that we’re not going away,” she said, according to the report. 

The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media also organized a protest during the team's Nov. 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Washington owner Daniel Snyder has said that the Redskins name pays homage to Native Americans and that the team will never change its name as long as he is owner. But critics say the name is racist and offensive toward Native Americans. 

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Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name, saying the nickname is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be trademarked, since federal law prohibits trademark protection on offensive or disparaging language.

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