Here are some of the movie clips cited in the Redskins trademark case


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As you’ve read by now, the The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The lawyer representing the plaintiffs, Jesse Witten, said this in a press release:

“The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team’s name and trademarks disparage Native Americans. The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place,” Jesse Witten, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, said in a press release. “We presented a wide variety of evidence – including dictionary definitions and other reference works, newspaper clippings, movie clips, scholarly articles, expert linguist testimony, and evidence of the historic opposition by Native American groups – to demonstrate that the word ‘redskin’ is an ethnic slur.”

About those movie clips: the plaintiffs submitted video featuring 11 usages of ‘Redskins’ in 10 different films. I’ve been able to find snippets of a few of them. In case you’re curious.

From “Northwest Passage”, 1940

From “Broken Arrow,” 1950

From “Mohawk,” 1956

And here are a few other bits of ‘Redskins’ in Hollywood I’ve managed to find.

From “Ride ‘Em Cowboy,” 1942

From “Once Upon in the West,” 1968

From “The Lone Ranger” on TV, 1949

From “Calamity Jane,” 1953

More on the Redskins trademarks:

U.S. Patent Office revokes the Redskins’ trademarks, says name is disparaging

Meet Amanda Blackhorse, the plaintiff in the case

What does revoking the trademarks mean for the Redskins?

Lawmakers react to the trademarks ruling

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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