Arlington, TX: In conjunction with the nationwide Native American grassroots effort to protest and rally against the Washington football team’s use of the word “Redskin,” Native Americans from the state of Texas and surrounding areas will be gathering on Monday, October 27, at 3:00 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium to show continual support in urging owner Dan Snyder to change the team’s name. After a turnout of 20 people to the protest last year, at least 75 people are expected to participate in the growing rally.
The planning of this peaceful protest is a result of the collaborative efforts between the Native American communities nationwide and the organizations headed by Juan Mancias, Tribal Chairman of the Corrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, and local Native American activist, Yolonda Blue Horse. This is the only branch supporting the nationwide “Change the Name” effort in north Texas, and it has continued to expand.
“To address us with ideas of 'honor'…is demeaning. We as tribal people can decide for ourselves what is honorable,” Mancias said regarding the argument by pro-Washington supporters that the team name honors and respects indigenous peoples. “We can decide what it is that makes us comfortable,” he said in a news release.
With approximately 120 Native American tribes represented in the state of Texas, the Change the Name effort goes hand-in-hand with raising awareness for Indigenous peoples’ rights across the nation. As the communities have come together on other issues, such as the renewed attempt to spread support for the changing of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ day, more and more widespread debates have come about with the backing of factual evidence and voices of people in positions of power.
On the collaborative effort, Yolonda Blue Horse said, “When we all stand together as one, we also honor those before us and those to come after us. The continued use of this negative word is not only derogatory, but it is offensive and we demand that the owner, Dan Snyder, stop using this racist word to promote his football organization.”
For more information, visit NCAI.org.