The Oneida Indian Nation says it was disappointed the National Football League defended its Washington team using the name Redskins in a meeting between the two parties.
Representatives from the nation met for an hour on Wednesday with senior league executives. The meeting was moved up a few weeks, but did not happen on Oneida territory in upstate New York as the nation had hoped.
The Oneida say the use of the name 'Redskins' is racist and offensive to Native Americans.
While the debate continues between the Oneida Indian Nation and the Washington Redskins regarding the team's name and mascot, in upstate New York, several institutions faced similar decisions more than a decade ago and did change their names.
Christina Alexander was the president of the sophomore class at Sherburne-Earlville Central School in rural Chenango County when the student body decided to retire its Indian mascot, while leaving the team's name - the Marauders -- unchanged.
The owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team has responded to charges from the Oneida Indian Nation that its name is offensive by saying the name and logo are "a badge of honor," not a label.
Owner Daniel Snyder wrote a two page letter to fans today saying, in part, "it is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect - the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans."
The National Football League has expressed interest in moving up a previously scheduled meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation to discuss the nation's desire to have the Washington Redskins team change its nickname.
That meeting could now happen on nation territory in a few weeks.