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Redskins Name Change: Dan Snyder meets with Roger Goodell

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(WJLA) - With the debate over his team's nickname raging once again nationwide, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the team's hotly contested name.

The two reportedly met in New York to get an understanding of how the Washington Redskins plan to handle the controversy.

The Washington Post reports Snyder told Goodell he has no plans to change the Redskins' name.

This comes a day before the NFL will meet with members of the Oneida Nation, the Native American tribe that has emerged as the leaders of the anti-mascot issue.

This past weekend in London, the NFL commissioner was asked his thoughts about the name and a solution.

“I always looked at it as something of an honor,” Goodell said. “I walked around our house singing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ as a kid, so it’s something I always looked at as a positive thing.”

The issue is gaining national attention. This weekend in Denver, members of the Oneida Nation demonstrated outside the Redskins-Broncos game.
And in North Carolina at a meeting this week of Native Americans, pressure continues to mount to change the name.

“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,” says Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation.

There is no indication Redskins’ team owner Dan Snyder will change his stance on refusing to get rid of the team name, recently saying in a letter to season ticket holders that, “I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country.”

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