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Leader: 'Redskins' not derogatory

Updated: November 27, 2013, 4:42 PM ET
Associated Press

A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home game said Wednesday the team name is a symbol of loyalty and courage -- not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed.

Roy Hawthorne, 87, of Lupton, Ariz., was one of four Code Talkers honored for their service in World War II during Monday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Hawthorne, vice president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association, said the group's trip was paid for by the Redskins. ...

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