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Should the Washington Redskins Change Their Name?

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The Washington Redskins have been at the center of a name debate for years. Team owners have had their say, wanting to stick with the name and the brand they've built. Native Americans have had their say, calling the term 'Redskins' derogatory and calling for the change. And now the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has had its say too. The trademarks for the Redskins have been recalled. And many feel that will lead to a change of name in the NFL.

Senator Harry Reid spoke about it today on the Senate Floor. "There are 27 tribes in Nevada. This issue regarding the name 'Redskins' is so important to them. Every time they hear this name used it is a sad reminder of a long tradition of racism and bigotry."

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Chairman called it a victory. "I sat on the Civil Rights Commission in Washington and the entire commission is behind changing it. On behalf of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony I think it is an important victory."

Dora Pena of Reno and her husband Carlos both found it overkill.

"Just leave it as it is. It's been like that a long time and I think just leave it the same," Dora said.

Carlos adds, "I think people are hypersensitive and it's just gotten blown out of proportion."

"Well, I'm Native American and I don't want to be called a redskin so why should they call anybody one?" said Shelby O'Daye of Reno. "I think it's just mean name calling."

Team owners say they plan to appeal to day's decision on the trademarks.

Written by Erin Breen
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