The latest on the Washington Redskin name contraversy: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced on Tuesday that she plans to introduce legislation that would revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status unless the league’s owners put pressure on the Washington football team to change the team’s name.
According to The Washington Post, Cantwell was joined by Native American chiefs for the announcement, part of a larger campaign to get the Washington football team to change its name, which many consider offensive.
It’s important that people understand the origin of the name Redskins. As our country was being expanded westward and land forcefully taken, stolen, from Native Americans – and they resisted – bounty hunters were paid to bring in dead Indians. They brought the bodies in wagons. Soon this became so cumbersome that the bounty hunters were told to just bring in the Indian’s head. They brought in so many heads that this too became burdensome. So they were finally instructed to just scalp the Indians and bring in the “Redskins” and they would be paid their bounty.