Updated: November 2, 2014





The issue of the Washington Football Club’s nickname will not go away and owner Dan Snyder is not handling this in a positive way. YOU CAN BE BETTER!!! His recent actions could be another mistake. YOU CAN BE BETTER!!! At a few National Football League games this year Mr. Snyder set up photo ops with the outgoing president of the Navajo Tribe. Mr. Snyder buys cars, hats, and trucks for different tribal members to gain favor and to keep the racially charged nickname in Washington. YOU CAN BE BETTER!!!! And lastly the owner appears on The 60 Minutes television news show for an interview and continues to try to sway the American opinion his way. THESE ACTS ARE CALLED BRIBES!!!!

The most damaging photo is the one with the outgoing Navajo President wearing the team’s hat, in the sports world this is the most powerful symbol, a marking tool. Mr. Snyder knows this and uses it to his advantage.

Instead the Foundation for Native Americans which Mr. Snyder created and is the founder could address the following issues.

1) Education classes on racism in the United States.

Informing the American public what the real meaning of the term REDSKINS means and how it affects the Native American community.

What happened in Marysville, Washington (State) with the high school shooting should not have happened. A Native American teenager took the lives of two other classmates wounding four others before killing himself. Self esteem are an issue here and with Dan Snyder pressing the issue of the insistence in using the R-word does not help young Native American boys and girls.

In an open letter, Snyder said, “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. After 81 years, the team name ‘Redskins’ continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.


2) Creating programs to give back to Native Americans.

a) Heat for homes in the winter.

b) Food for families.

c) Suicide prevention programs.

e) High school courses for college preparation.

3) Programs for Native American Veterans.

THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS were in the Battle of Saipan.  We should honor the Native Americans who communicated in their language to send messages to other American or allied troops in World War II in Japan and Germany.

4) The preservation and restoration of the Native American Language.

The art of passing history from one generation to another must be preserved and hearing it in one’s own language is important. History is culture, Culture is history

5) The Congressional Medals of Honor, to the soldiers of the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 in South Dakota.

The Congress of the United States gave medals of honor to 27 soldiers that killed 150 Native Americans, some have said it was more than 300 dead but we will never know because of the revisionist history written. The United States Army with their new military toy, the Hotchkiss gun fired multiple rounds that killed in seconds. The troops placed the guns (4) in strategic possessions surrounding the native encampment creating a turkey shoot gallery in the winter wonderland.

On the morning of December 29, the troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle, claiming he had paid a lot for it. A scuffle over Black Coyote’s rifle escalated and a shot was fired which resulted in the 7th Cavalry’s opening fire indiscriminately from all sides, killing men, women, and children, as well as some of their own fellow soldiers. The Lakota warriors who still had weapons began shooting back at the attacking soldiers, who quickly suppressed the Lakota fire. The surviving Lakota fled, but U.S. cavalrymen pursued and killed many who were unarmed.

By the time it was over, at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota had been killed and 51 were wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300. Twenty-five soldiers also died, and 39 were wounded (6 of the wounded would later die.).

 In 2001, the National Congress of American Indians passed two resolutions condemning the awards and called on the U.S. government to rescind them. 

The site of the battlefield has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

6) Fighting the environmental assault on the water, land, and air

7) Create legal aid services for families.

8) Create services to protect burial grounds and sacred sites.

The constant building of new roads and industrial complexes has become the new threat to Native American history. 

9) Legal services to demand treaty rights to be honored, in compliance with United States laws, which causes accountability on the local, national, and international level.

Too many treaties have been broken just for the progress and advancement of the American People. No thought is given to the consequences of Native Americans. They became second class citizens overnight.

10) The Prosecution of Scam artists-fake spiritual leaders.

A Faith Healer that commits, “White Collar Crimes” (medicine men/women- shaman), with the skills to financially bankrupt, injure, or causing accidental death.  The Native American Communities depend on these individuals for guidance on health and spiritual issues.

These are the ten points that Dan Snyder should be addressing if he really wants to honor Native Americans and keep the nickname.   

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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