NFL officials to meet with Oneida Nation; owners won’t urge franchise name change [updated]

Updated, 2:45 and 3:28 p.m.

NFL officials have scheduled a meeting with representatives of a Native American group that has raised objections to the Washington Redskins’ name.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the meeting with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation is scheduled for Nov. 22 at the NFL’s offices in New York but could take place sooner.

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Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs, wrote Friday to Peter Carmen, the COO of Oneida Nation Homelands, according to the person with knowledge of the matter. Birch wrote that league officials would be unable to attend Monday’s event in Washington at which the group voiced its objections to the Redskins’ name but suggested a meeting sooner than Nov. 22, either in New York City or in Verona, N.Y., where the Oneida Nation is based.

Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy formerly played for the Redskins and was the athletic director at Colgate when the school changed the name of its athletic teams from Red Raiders to Raiders in 2001. But he declined to comment Monday on the controversy.

“I’d rather not get into it,” Murphy said as he arrived at the owners’ meeting.

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie also declined to comment.

Original post, 1 p.m.

No formal discussion of the Washington Redskins’ name is expected among NFL owners as they gather at a downtown D.C. hotel for a one-day meeting on Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The controversy about the team’s name came under renewed scrutiny when President Obama told the Associated Press last week he would consider changing it if he owned the franchise.

But two people familiar with the inner workings if the league said Monday they don’t expect the issue to be addressed at the owners’ meeting. Those people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

They said they sense little or no sentiment within the league to urge Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to make a change, even after Obama’s comments.

Some observers have called the team name offensive to Native Americans. The Redskins have said they don’t intend to disparage or offend anyone and they don’t plan to change the name. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the decision is Snyder’s to make.

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins resume practicing today at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game is 8:30 p.m. Sun. Oct. 13 at Dallas.

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