Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Redskins owner Dan Snyder creates foundation to help native americans


The Washington Redskins have faced intense scrutiny over the past year or so about changing their nickname to something that isn't so offensive to Native Americans. Up until this point, the franchise and owner Dan Snyder have been pretty reluctant to make any such changes.

Now, it appears Snyder is doing his best at salvaging at least a little face by announcing the formation of the "Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation," which is designed to aid the very people many say the NFL team is alienating with their nickname.

Snyder released a lengthy letter Monday night that details the whole decision. Long story short, the letter makes it seems like the formation of the foundation was spurred as the result of Snyder and his passe spending the last few months visiting tribal reservations.

"So over the past four months, my staff and I traveled to 26 Tribal reservations across twenty states to listen and learn first-hand about the views, attitudes, and experiences of the Tribes. We were invited into their homes, their Tribal Councils and their communities to learn more about the extraordinary daily challenges in their lives. 

The more I heard, the more I’ve learned, and the more I saw, the more resolved I became about helping to address the challenges that plague the Native American community. In speaking face-to-face with Native American leaders and community members, it’s plain to see they need action, not words.”

While the formation of the foundation is undoubtedly a good thing, one cannot help but question Snyder's true intentions. Is it really genuine?

Nonetheless, Snyder wrote that the foundation has already distributed over 3,000 coats to needy Native Americans to help fend off the harsh cold of winter.

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