An Indian tribe from upstate New York that's campaigning against the Washington Redskins' nickname said Thursday it will hold a symposium about the issue at the same Washington hotel where the NFL is holding its fall meeting.
The Oneida Indian Nation's symposium is scheduled for Monday, the day NFL owners start arriving for Tuesday's meeting. Tribal leader Ray Halbritter said the meeting's time and place provide a great opportunity to bring more understanding about the issue of why the Redskins name is considered offensive by many people.
He said NFL officials would be invited to attend.
''When one of the most valuable franchises in the NFL is using a racial epithet, how do you explain that to children?'' Halbritter asked. ''How do you explain how it makes you feel as a human being?''
There was no immediate comment from the NFL.
The Oneidas, who run a large casino resort in Verona in central New York, are pushing for a name change as the Washington Redskins face fresh waves of ...