U.S. Patent Office has canceled trademarks belonging to the Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans

In a decision released Wednesday, the office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that “these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans.” The Patent Office said it will continue to treat the patents as though they are valid while the team appeals the decision. The team has two months to doContinue reading “U.S. Patent Office has canceled trademarks belonging to the Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans”

Navajo Code Talker says Redskins name not derogatory

A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game said Wednesday the team name is a symbol of loyalty and courage — not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed. Roy Hawthorne, 87, of Lupton, Ariz., was one of four Code Talkers honored for theirContinue reading “Navajo Code Talker says Redskins name not derogatory”

Bob Costas in Sunday Night Football halftime slot on the need for Redskins to change their name

Bob Costas, in the powerful halftime slot of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” joined in the growing sentiment that the Washington Redskins’ nickname is offensive and the team should change it. In an even-handed essay, Costas said that the name is demeaning, despite no ill will being intended by anyone involved with the Redskins, including ownerContinue reading “Bob Costas in Sunday Night Football halftime slot on the need for Redskins to change their name”

As Dallas hosts Washington on Columbus Day weekend for Sunday Night Football, Washington Redskins state their name is a term of honor and not a racial slur

R-word It’s one of the NFL’s bigger rivalries, the Cowboys vs. the Redskins. And intentional or not, Sunday’s game occurs during Columbus Day weekend, deepening the meaning of a fresh conflict about whether “Redskins” slurs Indians, their leaders say. More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus’ encounter with the natives of the Americas, any enduringContinue reading “As Dallas hosts Washington on Columbus Day weekend for Sunday Night Football, Washington Redskins state their name is a term of honor and not a racial slur”