NCAI Issues Statement Regarding Slate Decision to Drop the R Word

Published on Aug 09, 2013

NCAI issued the following statement regarding Slate's decision to no longer use the name of the Washington Football team: 

“The Washington football team’s name is harmful to Native people and dishonors the true historic and contemporary place of Native people and tribal nations in American society. Slate’s decision to join other reputable news outlets by dropping the R word is commendable and the action recognizes the derogatory origins and nature of the team’s name. It also raises the question as to whether Slate’s parent company the Washington Post will follow suit. We continue to call on all news and media outlets to drop the R word.”


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