One day after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder on the raging team name controversy, league officials spoke in person with representatives of the Oneida Nation.
That group of Native Americans, one of 566 federally recognized sovereign nations and with approximately 1,000 members, is waging a campaign to get the Redskins to change their team name. NFL representatives at the meeting included senior vice president/law and labor policy Adolpho Birch, executive vice president/general counsel Jeff Pash and executive vice president/communication and public affairs Paul Hicks. Ray Halbritter was the main representative for the Oneida Nation.
“We met at the request of Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation,” according to an NFL statement. “We listened and respectfully discussed the views of Mr. Halbritter, Oneida Nation Wolf Clan Representative Keller George and their colleagues as well as the sharply differing views of many other Native Americans and fans in general. The meeting was part of an ongoing dialogue to facilitate listening and learning, consistent with the commissioner’s comments earlier this year.”