CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Two lawmakers in our nation’s capital are the latest to join the push to get the NFL’s Washington Redskins team to change their name.
Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole, a Republican, recently wrote to the NFL commissioner stating the NFL was on the “wrong side of history” by keeping the name, which many find offensive to Native Americans.
Leaders from the Oneida Indian Nation have been at the forefront of the push to change the team’s name.
One man in Chicopee told 22News that if the Redskins change their name, others will have to do the same.
“I don’t think they should, they’ve had it for so long and if they change it a lot of other teams have to change, like the Cleveland Indians and who else?” Walt Stec of Chicopee said.
The Washington Redskins said they have received nearly 200 letters from Native Americans in support of keeping the team name, and seven letters from Native Americans who want the name changed.