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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Reports: Goodell, Snyder meet

By John Keim
ESPN.com

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday regarding the franchise's nickname, though the meeting was more about strategy in dealing with protesters, according to The Washington Post

The newspaper reported that Snyder told Goodell, once again, that he isn't going to change the team's name.

In recent weeks Snyder has spoken about the history of the franchise and the image the team conveys to its supporters. Previously, Snyder had simply said he was not going to change the name.

Ray Halbritter
Oneida Indian Nation leader Ray Halbritter is leading the campaign to get the Redskins to change their nickname.

The league also reportedly wanted to know how the Redskins plan on dealing with the opposition to their nickname. Goodell is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation on Wednesday to discuss the Redskins' name.

Snyder has been adamant that he will not change the nickname, telling USA Today Sports in the spring that "you can put that in all caps."

He has softened his tone recently, on the advice of consultant and former White House special counsel Lanny Davis. However, there does not appear to be a change in Snyder's position.

The Oneida Indian Nation has led the charge against the Redskins' nickname, running radio ads in each city in which the team plays and organizing protests to force a change. More than 100 people protested before Washington's game at Denver on Sunday.

The United South and Eastern Tribes organization is meeting this week in Cherokee, N.C., and the nickname debate is one of the topics being discussed ahead of the Oneida representatives' meeting with the NFL. Leaders of 26 tribes east of the Mississippi are participating in the meeting, which is scheduled to end Thursday.

"I think most Americans, really once they know the origin of the name and its offensive nature, really would not want their children to use it or to use it against someone else," Oneida leader Ray Halbritter said Monday.

Halbritter said he believes a change of the nickname is inevitable.

"In a nation that presents itself and wants to have the ideal of mutual respect and inclusion, it certainly doesn't work well," he said.