"Obviously, he's a member," said Joel Barkin, the nation's vice president of communications, adding that questions about Mr. Halbritter's status as Oneida leader are "absurd" and "insulting."
"I think it's a distraction from the main issue, which is we've simply asked for an offensive mascot to be changed. It's not a partisan issue, it's not a political issue. The simple fact is there are both Republicans and Democrats who support this," Mr. Barkin said. "The notion that there has to be some right-left divide is unfair because I think people of good faith on all perspectives are coming to the understanding that we shouldn't have racially offensive mascots."