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Demand for Team Name Reversal
- The Native American Guardian’s Association (NAGA) urges the Washington Commanders (formerly the “Washington Redskins” and “Washington Football Team”) to revert to their former name, the Redskins.
- A petition backing the name change has collected over 90,000 signatures.
- NAGA emphasizes the importance of recognizing Native American history and opposes being targets of cancel culture or ESG.
- Some speculate that a name change might also be a move to distance from the previous owner’s controversial period.
Ownership and Leadership Response
- The request for a name change has been directed at the Commanders’ key figures including new owners Josh Harris and Magic Johnson, and head coach Ron Rivera.
- The franchise has an opportunity to acknowledge the history and value of American Indians.
- The team had previously changed its name in 2020 to the Washington Football Team, later adopting the Commanders name in 2022.
Background and History of NAGA
- NAGA is a non-profit organization led by a board of Native Americans.
- The association promotes increased education about Native Americans, especially in educational institutions.
- They also strive for broader recognition of Native American heritage through public platforms like sports.
- The name change to the Commanders had initially been a response to pressure, aiming to move away from the previous owner, Dan Snyder’s, troubled time with the team.