Redskins Name Football

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2009, file photo, Washington Redskins helmets are displayed on the field during NFL football training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. The Oneida Indian Nation tribe in upstate New York said Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, it will launch a radio ad campaign pressing for the Washington Redskins to get rid of a nickname that is often criticized as offensive. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The Oneida Indian Nation is continuing its campaign calling on the Washington Redskins to change their name with a new radio ad that will air this weekend on the Oakland Raiders' flagship station, KGMZ-FM.

The Redskins will play the Raiders at 4:25 p.m. Sunday in Oakland. 

The latest ad features former Raiders CEO Amy Trask, who has previously called for the Redskins to change their name

"It's wrong to use a disparaging slur when referencing any person or any group of people and the word 'redskins' has been widely used throughout our history as a derogatory, disparaging slur," Trask said in the radio spot. "Changing the team name and logo really can inspire people and encourage people to treat everyone respectfully." 

Ray Halbritter, the Oneida Nation's representative, also urged the team to change its name. 

"As proud sponsors of the NFL, we are encouraged by how many leaders are standing up, speaking out and joining the grassroots effort to get the Washington team to do the right thing and change its name. These leaders understand a very simple truth: marketing a team with a slur against Native peoples is unacceptable, and it is especially unacceptable when that team represents the nation's capital," Halbritter said.

"The fact is we don't deserve to be treated as the target of such an epithet. We deserve to be treated as what we are: Americans."

Earlier this month, the Oneidas announced the launch of changethemascot.org. The website includes links to radio ads and other materials to help build support for the Oneidas' campaign. 

You can listen to the latest radio ad below: 

Here is a transcript of the ad: 

What do the Washington City Council, some Members of Congress, The Washington Post and Native American groups have in common? All have asked to change the name of Washington's football team.

In response, the NFL Commissioner said the team should "listen" to people who are offended. While former Oakland Raiders president Amy Trask had this to say:               

"It's wrong to use a disparaging slur when referencing any person or any group of people and the word ‘redskins’ has been widely used throughout our history as a derogatory, disparaging slur. Changing the team name and logo really can inspire people and encourage people to treat everyone respectfully." 

I'm Ray Halbritter. Amy Trask is right—it is time for a change. Go to changethemascot.org to tell Washington's team that Native peoples should not be disparaged. We should be treated as what we are: Americans.

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