Native Americans seek name change for Redskins football team
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Battle lines were drawn on Monday over the name of Washington's beloved American football team, after President Barack Obama indicated he'd favour something less racially charged than Redskins.
The casino-rich Oneida tribe in New York state is spearheading a campaign to get the National Football League franchise to rebrand itself, just as NFL owners hold their fall meeting in the US capital.
"It's a dictionary-defined offensive term," said Mr Ray Halbritter, a prominent leader of the Oneida Indian Nation, at a symposium in Washington in the same hotel where NFL owners will be meeting this week.
"Washington's team name is a painful epitaph that was used against my people, Indian people, when we were held at gunpoint and thrown off our lands," Mr Halbritter said.