UPDATE: Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter issued a written response to Dan Snyder's announcement on Tuesday. It read:

"We're glad that after a decade of owning the Washington team, Mr. Snyder is finally interested in Native American heritage, and we are hopeful that when his team finally stands on the right side of history and changes its name, he will honor the commitments to Native Americans that he is making.

"We are also hopeful that in his new initiative to honor Native Americans' struggle, Mr. Snyder makes sure people do not forget that he and his predecessor George Preston Marshall, a famous segregationist, have made our people's lives so much more difficult by using a racial slur as the Washington team's name."

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says it's time for his team to start supporting Native Americans.

Often criticized for defending a team nickname that many consider to be offensive, Snyder is announcing the formation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

In a letter to Redskins fans, Snyder said Monday that the foundation will "provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities" for Native Americans. The announcement gave no financial details.


Snyder again gave no indication that he plans to change the team's name. He said he believes "even more firmly" that the name "captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents."

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