By Teresa Welsh |
This week, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell met to discuss the league's upcoming meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation, which is urging the team to change its name.
The Redskins have been headquartered in Loudoun County, Virginia for more than 20 years. Last summer I worked with Snyder's staff on an agreement that will keep the team in Loudoun – a Virginia suburb 30 miles from the nation's capital and the home of D.C.'s technology corridor.
The Redskins are one of many Loudoun-based companies that have fans all over the world. Like our data centers, federal contractors and Dulles International Airport, the team is a world-class organization that sets the standard for excellence in its industry.
As would any business owner operating at that level on the world stage, Snyder has carefully listened to his customers. He's considered the support of Native Americans in Virginia, which is where the team is headquartered. He's seen the responses of Native Americans to a national poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He's taken into account the Red Cloud Athletic Fund, which consulted on the design of the team logo with former Redskins owner George Allen. He's thought about the Native Americans who have served as players and staff over the team's 81-year history. And Dan Snyder has come to the conclusion that the team should keep its name.
I support his decision.
The Redskins, like every other Loudoun organization, have the right to exercise every freedom granted under law. They have the freedom to weigh customer input and take action in the best interest of the corporation. Government's job is to help companies succeed. To that end, I will continue to support the success of the Washington Redskins, as well as the success of every other Loudoun-based business.
Here's to the next 81 years of one of the best teams in NFL history.
About Scott York Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Loudoun County, Va.
Eleanor Holmes Norton District of Columbia Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
Ray Halbritter Current Nation Representative and CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises