Washington Redskins http://wrvo.org en Washington Redskins name loses patent protection http://wrvo.org/post/washington-redskins-name-loses-patent-protection <p></p><p>The U.S. Patent Office has canceled the trademark of the Washington Redskins professional football team, ruling that it is offensive to Native Americans.&nbsp;</p><p>It was efforts from the Oneida Indian Nation that put the name back in the spotlight.</p><p>The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board <a href="http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=92046185&amp;pty=CAN&amp;eno=199" target="_blank">ruled Wednesday</a> the Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and will no longer be protected. Patent law disallows the use of offensive names as trademarks.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:09:14 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57516 at http://wrvo.org Washington Redskins name loses patent protection State lawmakers join pressure on Washington football team's mascot http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-join-pressure-washington-football-teams-mascot <p></p><p>A group of New York state lawmakers are joining a growing national push for the pro football team the Washington Redskins to change its name.</p><p>The group plans to introduce a resolution in the state legislature denouncing the football team's use of the word "redskin" and urging team owner Daniel Snyder to pick a new name.</p><p>"The word is absolutely offensive to the Native American community and beyond," said Democratic Assemblyman Keith Wright, noting names like New York Giants and Jets are not offensive, except maybe to broken down jet engines.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Associated Press 55394 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers join pressure on Washington football team's mascot Amid pressure over name, Redskins create foundation http://wrvo.org/post/amid-pressure-over-name-redskins-create-foundation <p></p><p>The Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York supports the creation of a new foundation by Washington D.C.'s professional football team, though it says it's not a solution.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:31:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53228 at http://wrvo.org Amid pressure over name, Redskins create foundation Congressional pressure builds on Redskins to change name http://wrvo.org/post/congressional-pressure-builds-redskins-change-name <p></p><p>An effort led by the Oneida Indian Nation to have Washington D.C.'s professional football team change its name has gained more support from members of Congress.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell urging the league to take a stand for the Washington Redskins to change its team name.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:20:54 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51169 at http://wrvo.org Congressional pressure builds on Redskins to change name Amid Washington Redskins debate, two schools look back on own mascot changes http://wrvo.org/post/amid-washington-redskins-debate-two-schools-look-back-own-mascot-changes <p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:35:39 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46383 at http://wrvo.org Amid Washington Redskins debate, two schools look back on own mascot changes Poll: Most fans okay with Redskins name change http://wrvo.org/post/poll-most-fans-okay-redskins-name-change <p>A poll conducted by the Oneida Indian Nation has found that a majority of Washington D.C. residents wouldn&#39;t be bothered if the city&#39;s professional football team changed its name.</p><p><a href="http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReportUC.aspx?g=b41b9bde-1b19-40f7-af86-0b585eb8df03" target="_blank">The poll</a>, released Wednesday, finds 55 percent of residents say it would make no difference if the Washington Redskins went by a different mascot. A quarter of those surveyed said they would be less of a fan, but 18 percent said they would be more.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:49:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45713 at http://wrvo.org Poll: Most fans okay with Redskins name change