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"America, Dan Snyder has heard your complaints and..."



...he's going to fight the REAL issues plaguing Native Americans.

Dan Snyder Is Starting A Foundation For Native Americans
By Sean Newell

This guy Snyder is so brazen, it's remarkable. In response to the growing sentiment that his franchise's name is an embarrassing and hateful relic, Dan Snyder is starting a foundation "to provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities." He's calling it the Original Americans Foundation. Dan Snyder's foundation to distract you from the racist slur on his letterhead is OAF.

Dan is playing the actions-speak-louder-than-words game and says what Native Americans really need is money, not the eradication of slurs. Luckily, Dan Snyder is grotesquely rich!

Through a letter to fans, which a few readers passed along, Snyder announced his intentions: "I've listened. I've learned. And frankly, its heart wrenching. It's not enough to celebrate the values and heritage of Native Americans. We must do more."

Snyder throws in a couple quotes from people that are the rough equivalent of the some of my best friends gambit and then says he and his OAF staff have already gotten to work. One of their efforts? Distributing winter coats to Native Americans in the frigid plains. That's one way of dealing with a problem. They also bought a backhoe to facilitate the completion of "the burial process for their loved ones even in the coldest winter months."

You can read the whole thing below:


March 24, 2014

To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation:

Several months ago I wrote you about my personal reflections on our team name and on our shared Washington Redskins heritage. I wrote then - and believe even more firmly now - that our team 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.

In that letter, I committed myself to listening and learning from all voices with a perspective about our Washington Redskins name. I've been encouraged by the thousands of fans across the country who support keeping the Redskins tradition alive. Most - by overwhelming majorities - find our name to be rooted in pride for our shared heritage and values.

"There are Native Americans everywhere that 100% support the name," Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Chairwoman Mary L. Resvaloso told me when I came to visit her tribe. "I believe God has turned this around for something good." She told me that it was far more important for us to focus on the challenges of education in Native American communities. I listened closely, and pledged to her that I would find ways to improve the daily lives of people in her tribe.

What would my resolve to honoring our legacy mean if I myself - as the owner of and a passionate believer in the Washington Redskins - didn't stay true to my word? I wanted and needed to hear firsthand what Native Americans truly thought of our name, our logo, and whether we were, in fact, upholding the principle of respect in regard to the Native American community.

So over the past four months, my staff and I travelled to 26 Tribal reservations across twenty states to listen and learn first-hand about the views, attitudes, and experiences of the Tribes. We were invited into their homes, their Tribal Councils and their communities to learn more about the extraordinary daily challenges in their lives.

"I appreciated your sincerity to learn about our culture and the real-life issues we face on a daily basis," Pueblo of Zuni Governor Arlen Quetawki told us after we toured his reservation. "I look forward to working together with you to improve the lives of Native Americans in any way possible."

The more I heard, the more I've learned, and the more I saw, the more resolved I became about helping to address the challenges that plague the Native American community. In speaking face-to-face with Native American leaders and community members, it's plain to see they need action, not words.

Yes, some tribes are doing well. And in our candid conversations, we learned that we share so much with Indian country. We find their appreciation of history, legacy, caring for their elders and providing a better future for their youth inspirational and admirable.

But the fact is, too many Native American communities face much harsher, much more alarming realities. They have genuine issues they truly are worried about, and our team's name is not one of them. Here are just a few staggering, heartbreaking facts about the challenges facing Native Americans today:

The official poverty rate on reservations is 29 percent, as determined by the U.S. Census.

36 percent of families with children are below the poverty line on reservations, compared with

9 percent of families nationally. Jobs are scarce, and so is genuine opportunity.

Rampant diabetes, alcohol and drug abuse, violence, and heightened suicide rates afflict Native American youth, adults, and veterans. Life expectancies in high poverty Native American communities are the lowest anywhere in the Western Hemisphere except for Haiti.

Tribal reservations can lack even the most basic infrastructure that most Americans take for granted. For example, according to the independent, highly respected Millennium Project, 13 percent of Native American households have no access to safe water and/or wastewater disposal, compared with just 0.6 percent in non-native households. Similarly, 14 percent of homes on Native American reservations have no electricity, compared to just 1 percent among non-native households. It is hard to build for a better tomorrow without the basic needs of today.

These aren't rare circumstances. These are the unfortunate facts found throughout Indian country today.

I've listened. I've learned. And frankly, its heart wrenching. It's not enough to celebrate the values and heritage of Native Americans. We must do more.

I want to do more. I believe the Washington Redskins community should commit to making a real, lasting, positive impact on Native American quality of life one tribe and one person at a time. I know we won't be able to fix every problem. But we need to make an impact.

And so I will take action.

As loyal fans of the Washington Redskins, I want you to know that tomorrow I will announce the creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

The mission of the Original Americans Foundation is to provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities. With open arms and determined minds, we will work as partners to begin to tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country. Our efforts will address the urgent challenges plaguing Indian country based on what Tribal leaders tell us they need most. We may have created this new organization, but the direction of the Foundation is truly theirs.

Our work is already underway, under the leadership of Gary Edwards, a Cherokee and retired Deputy Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service, as well as a founder and chief executive officer of the National Native American Law Enforcement Association.

Because I'm so serious about the importance of this cause, I began our efforts quietly and respectfully, away from the spotlight, to learn and take direction from the Tribal leaders themselves. In addition to travelling and meeting in-person with Tribal communities, we took a survey of tribes across 100 reservations so that we could have an accurate assessment of the most pressing needs in each community.

The stories I heard and the experiences I witnessed were of children without winter coats or athletic shoes; students in makeshift classrooms without adequate school supplies; text books more than decades old; rampant and unnecessary suffering from preventable diseases like diabetes; economic hardship almost everywhere; and in too many places too few of the tools and technology that we all take for granted every day computers, internet access, even cellphone coverage.

In the heart of America's Indian country, poverty is everywhere. That's not acceptable. We have so much, yet too many Native Americans have so little.

Our work has already begun:

As the bitter Arctic winds swept across the Plains this winter, we distributed over 3,000 cold-weather coats to several tribes, as well as shoes to players on boys and girls basketball teams.

"It's been one of the coldest winters on record," Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Vice Chairman Boyd Gourneau told me. "The entire Tribe is so appreciative of the coats we received for our youth and elders. It's been such a great relationship, and we hope it grows."

We assisted in the purchase of a new backhoe for the Omaha Tribe in Nebraska. The Tribe will now be able to complete the burial process for their loved ones even in the coldest winter months, as well as assist in water pipe repairs which, without a functioning backhoe, has left the tribe without water for days.

These projects were the first of many and we currently have over forty additional projects currently in process. We look forward to telling you more about these as our work proceeds.

For too long, the struggles of Native Americans have been ignored, unnoticed and unresolved. As a team, we have honored them through our words and on the field, but now we will honor them through our actions. We commit to the tribes that we stand together with you, to help you build a brighter future for your communities.

The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation will serve as a living, breathing legacy - and an ongoing reminder - of the heritage and tradition that is the Washington Redskins. I'm glad to be able to launch this vital initiative today.

With Respect and Appreciation,

Dan Snyder



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America, Dan Snyder has heard your complaints and... [View all] , Melanism, Mon Mar-24-14 11:46 PM
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Can't hate. Points to Dan nm.
Mar 24th 2014
Hold up. What the fuck are you talking about?
Mar 25th 2014
      He's promising/doing things that are good and have an impact.
Mar 25th 2014
           because when it's bought, it's not the moral high ground.
Mar 25th 2014
                That was obv tongue in cheek, but he is hurting literally no one.
Mar 25th 2014
                     Except the Native people saying, "Hey, this hurts us."
Mar 25th 2014
                          You are not this dense.
Mar 26th 2014
                               are you?
Mar 26th 2014
                               Nigga, you're the only wrong, dumb motherfucker in this thread. Stop.
Mar 26th 2014
What an asshole.
Mar 25th 2014
he should rename the team Original Americans then
Mar 25th 2014
Mar 25th 2014
shut. it. down.
Mar 25th 2014
or raname it the 'Redskins' Foundation...
Mar 25th 2014
i make a lot of money calling y'all niggas niggas
Mar 25th 2014
Mar 25th 2014
Mar 25th 2014
Mar 25th 2014
Mar 25th 2014
Mar 25th 2014
he's out there damn near giving folks blankets.
Mar 25th 2014
O_O ... >_< ...Damn, I just seen what you did here.. rofl
May 02nd 2014
*football claps to this reply*. #ROTD.
Mar 25th 2014
Some guy just said change the logo to an Adirondack Red Potato
Mar 25th 2014
I don't know why that's so funny to me
Mar 25th 2014
Tony Kornheiser said this 20 years ago
Mar 25th 2014
Oneida Indian Nation sees Snyder's ploy and calls bullshit
Mar 25th 2014
but why is the Oneida nations opinion weighed more heavily?
Mar 25th 2014
      because the problem happens once a significant # of native americans
Mar 25th 2014
           does redskin = nigga? as in only oldheads care bout not using the word
Mar 26th 2014
                psychologists show that mascots and the name
Mar 28th 2014
If he really thought the team name was honoring Native Americans...
Mar 25th 2014
Mar 25th 2014
Posted the same reply above before I saw this post. Agreed!
Mar 25th 2014
I'm amused every time he thinks a PR stunt will change anything.
Mar 25th 2014
Worked for Lance Armstrong for YEARS!!!!
Mar 25th 2014
he made his money as a marketer
Mar 26th 2014
      Well, he made is money because he got a billionaire backer
Mar 26th 2014
Snyder to Native Americans: "How! Let's smoke'um peace pipe!"
Mar 25th 2014
Tax Shelter
Mar 25th 2014
New GameDay Promotion: "The Trail of Beers!"
Mar 25th 2014
I'm so much less of a fan than I was even 3 years ago.
Mar 25th 2014
can I get that 50?
Mar 25th 2014
must be nice to be rich not give a fuck.
Mar 25th 2014
Imagine an owner naming his team the Washington State Wenches or..
Mar 26th 2014
"Imagine naming a team the Your Dead Grandfather"
Mar 26th 2014
      *Looks at Cleveland baseball team*
Mar 26th 2014
coats and backhoes
Mar 26th 2014
When I read about the coats, I spit out my drink...
Mar 26th 2014
Colbert, talking about it!
Mar 27th 2014
RE: Colbert, talking about it!
Mar 28th 2014
Mar 28th 2014
We assisted in the purchase of a new backhoe......"
Mar 27th 2014
In light of recent events, how can this go on? It's on the NFL now
May 01st 2014
Is there a threat of a boycott?
May 01st 2014
      now ask yourself, whis is that (c)
May 01st 2014
Rename the team "Washington Natives". Then keep the logo.
May 01st 2014
thing is, genocide
May 01st 2014
Washington Americans
May 01st 2014
THAT would be dope nm.
May 02nd 2014
Years I've said Washington Warriors
May 01st 2014
May 02nd 2014
      Agree and go with this!
May 02nd 2014
May 01st 2014
^^^ Exactly, THANK YOU!!!
May 02nd 2014
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