Lawmakers say Redskins owner Dan Snyder must change team's name

Oct. 14, 2013 at 8:43 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., told The Hill Monday she believes Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder will be forced to change the team's name.

In an interview with the Washington publication, Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, D-American Samoa, advocated for changing the controversial name.

Norton said trademark law eventually would force the team to change its name -- something Snyder has said will never happen -- while Faleomavaega said the National Football League should step in.

McCollum, co-chairwoman of the Congressional Native American Caucus, said Snyder is "in denial" and called the team name a slur. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the other co-chairman, also has said the team should find a new name.

Ten lawmakers sent a letter to Snyder earlier this year expressing their concerns, but he has not yet responded, The Hill said.

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