Ray Halbritter http://wrvo.org en 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 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