There are now serious shouts for the Washington Commanders to revert to the Washington Redskins following the recent team sale.
A group going by the name ‘Native American Guardian’s Association (NAGA)’ has put a petition in circulation demanding the name change, and they’ve seen 90,000 signatures come in.
“We invite all Americans to stand up for the dignity of EVERY AMERICAN under assault in today’s increasingly nonsensical culture wars,” it reads.
“This ‘LINE IN THE SAND’ moment reinforces undeniable history of the NATIVE AMERICAN assisting the FOUNDING OF AMERICA, with NATIVE AMERICAN principles used by the FOUNDING FATHERS in the US Constitution – and, EVERY AMERICAN’s right to the 1st and 14th Amendment and not to be targets of cancel culture or ESG.
“This is not a simple left or right issue for Americans; it reaches across the political spectrum dating back to our Founding Fathers.”
The letter has also been sent to the new Commanders ownership group, which is led by Josh Harris and includes Magic Johnson. Other members of the team’s hierarchy have also been addressed, with head coach Ron Rivera in receipt too.
“As the NFL franchise representing the nation’s capital, you have a distinct opportunity to recognize the history and value of the American Indian,” it continues.
According to the NAGA website, the group is a “non-profit organization advocating for increased education about Native Americans, especially in public educational institutions, and greater recognition of Native American Heritage through the high profile venues of sports and other public platforms.”
Washington’s team name changed from Redskins to Football Team in 2020 after several years of urging. It was again changed to Commanders ahead of last season.
It’s been reported that the new owners could be keen on changing the name yet again as they look to stamp their own brand.
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