WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--In a letter dated June 5, 2012 National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to a letter from members of Congress requesting Goodell to take a stand against the name of Washington's football team.
Here is what Goodell wrote to Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), the co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus:
Goodell Redskins Letter
In response to Goodell's letter, Rep. Betty McCollum released a statement saying, "Unfortunately, NFL Commissioner Goodell's letter is another attempt to justify a racial slur on behalf of Dan Snyder and other NFL owners who appear to be only concerned with earning ever larger profits, even if it means exploiting a racist stereotype of Native Americans. For the head of a multi-billion dollar sports league to embrace the twisted logic that 'Redskin' actually stands for strength, courage, pride and respect' is a statement of absudity.
"Would Roger Goodell and Dan Snyder actually travel to a Native American community and greet a group tribal members by saying, 'Hey, what's up redskin?' I think not."
"Indian children, families and elders are Americans, and just like all racial, ethnic, or religious groups, they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, not as a demeaning caricature or mascot. That shouldn't be too much to ask of the NFL."