Washington, D.C. (Oct. 7, 2013) — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-04) addressed the Oneida Indian Nation’s “Change the Mascot” Campaign press conference, as part of a campaign to urge the NFL to stop using the racial slur “redskins” as a mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C.
“It is my honor to be here today to support the Change the Mascot campaign,” McCollum said. “There are more than five million Native Americans in the United States. They are our neighbors and friends — children, elders, moms and dads, men and women who care about their culture, their communities, and their country. Yet, the NFL, particularly Dan Snyder, continue to exploit and profit from the racial slur redskins.”
“Americans whose identities are in part defined by race, ethnicity, and religion should never be stereotyped in a degrading, dehumanizing, or demeaning manner. Native Americans are not mascots or caricatures to be exploited for profit.”
Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee. She is Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.