The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has voted to return a $25,000 donation from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The tribe joins a groundswell movement against the use of the controversial name Redskins by Snyder and the NFL’s Washington DC franchise. Many people in the Native American community and elsewhere find the name and image derogatory, demeaning and offensive.
After the US government declined to protect the Redkins’ trademark last year, owner Dan Snyder went on a public relations blitz that included many donations to Native causes and organizations. Snyder created a foundation called the Washington Redskins’ Original Americans Foundation which, among other donations, donated 3,000 coats to Native Americans to help quell protests about his team’s use of the Redskins name and image.