Dan Snyder on the sidelines prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Fox cameras on Sunday caught Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sitting with Ben Shelly, president of the Navajo Nation, during Washington’s game at Arizona.
Snyder and Shelly, who was wearing a Redskins-branded cap, were pictured together on the same day that protesters gathered in Glendale, Ariz., to call on the team to change its name.
“For people who say it’s not offensive, they’re not in my shoes; they don’t know,” Navajo Aggie Nizhonie Hart, who attended the event, told AZ Central. “When I hear that term, it takes me back to the 1800s. It’s never been a term of pride for Native Americans.”
Shelly’s term ends in January 2015; his reelection bid failed with a primary defeat in August.
The Navajo Nation Council in 2014 voted to oppose using the Redskins name, though it’s been reported that Shelly has had connections to the team before, according to Indian Country Today.
(Indian Country Today is part of Oneida Nation Enterprises; the chief executive of Oneida Nation Enterprises, Ray Halbritter, has been active in the name change debate.)
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