Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are set to meet in New York Tuesday to discuss the controversy surrounding the team's name -- which some have called offensive to Native Americans -- the Washington Post reports. The discussion comes ahead of the league's plans to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation, a Native American tribe from upstate New York that has protested the name.
Snyder has been outspoken in his refusal to change the team's name, a position that has not changed according to the Washington Post source, and the purpose of the meeting "is to get more of an understanding from the club as to how it plans to address the issue."
As the Oneida Indian Nation leads the campaign to change the name, others have jumped into the fight. In May, 10 members of Congress sent a letter to Snyder as well as Goodell and other owners in the league calling for a name change, to which Goodell responded by calling the name "a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect." President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also commented in support of a name change, as has Bob Costas and other journalists. The Washington City Paper has opted to ditch the name entirely in their coverage, renaming the team the "Pigskins," chosen by a reader poll.
But Snyder has resisted the pressure. He wrote an open letter to fans earlier this month, arguing "the team name 'Redskins' continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come." At a rally ahead of this weekend's Redskins game against the Broncos, fans broke out into a "Keep the name" chant.
A Washington Post poll found that a third of respondents did not believe the name should be changed, however a survey commissioned by the Oneida Indian Nation found that a name change would not take away team support among a vast majority of fans.