- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Redskins owner Dan Snyder not only listened, but took action when it comes to issues surrounding Native Americans. The Redskins, of course, have been under heavier attack over the past year to change their name.
But starting in November, Snyder and others from the organization have met with 26 different tribes around the country. The Redskins announced that they had started the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, designed to provide resources and support to tribes around the country.
“He’s not only listened, he’s has learned, and now he is taking action,” Goodell said of Snyder. “He is trying to address some of the very important needs that they have identified when he has been having those meetings. That was a presentation completely by the Redskins. It was their initiative and I think the membership appreciated hearing that.”
The Redskins say a number of teams have expressed interest in working with the foundation. The opposition likely won’t drop their quest to change the nickname. But Goodell remained firm in his stance.
“That has been discussed for decades now. It comes up every once in a while. People have strong views on it,” he said. “But I think Dan has been very responsive and has been listening. It’s also pretty clear when you look at public opinion here. When you look at the polls 90 percent of the Redskins fans support the name, they believe it’s something that demonstrates pride and the general population also supports it overwhelmingly. He’s trying to be responsive and he’s listening and recognizing that people have different views."