Native American Groups Launch Photo Campaign Against ‘Redskins’ Name

With Donald Sterling the NBA’s poster boy for racism out of the spotlight as his team has ended its playoff run, the NFL’s poster boy is under attack for the offensive anti-Native American slur its team name is.

Two prominent groups that have led the campaign against the name of the Washington Redskins launched their newest campaign Monday, a photo project that highlights what Native Americans and their allies are “proud to be.”

The project is backed by the National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation of New York’s Change The Mascot campaign. The #ProudToBe project features photographs of prominent Native American leaders, members of Congress, and others who have spoken out against the name in the last year. The first round of pictures includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and D.C. Councilman David Grosso holding signs against the name. It also includes photos gathered on social media of Native Americans holding #ProudToBe signs, and asks others who support the movement tosubmit their own on the Change The Mascot campaign’s web site.

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