Democrat: Washington Redskins' Name 'a Moral Issue'

July 30, 2013 - 12:28 PM


Redskins Logo on Helmet

Washington Redskins Helmets (AP Photo)

( - Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D.-American Samoa) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday to say that the name of the Washington Redskins football team was a “moral issue.”

Faleomavaega said, “It is not even about sports. This is a moral issue that reaches far back to the time when Native Americans were not only considered outcasts but deemed enemies, rebels and traitors by the colonial government. The only sporting involved was the game of hunting and killing Indians like animals for money.”

“The origin of term ‘Redskin’, Mr. Speaker, is commonly attributed to the historical act of not only killing Native Americans, but also cutting off certain body parts and scalping. Even scalping heads of women and children.”

Faleomavaega was critical of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh on the issue.

Rush Limbaugh has questioned the federal government getting involved in changing the Redskins name on his program.

Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder has told USA Today, "We will never change the name of the team."

Last month, Goodell responded to lawmaker’s criticisms of the name Redskins in a letter to Congress, saying it represents "a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

Faleomavaega said, “Mr. Limbaugh to Mr. Snyder to Mr. Goodell and all NFL club owners, I ask, ‘Haven’t American Indians suffered enough?'”