The Native American Guardians Association (NAGA) has demanded that the Washington Commanders NFL team change its name back to the Washington Redskins — threatening a national boycott “similar to what happened with Anheuser Busch.”
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, NAGA announced that they had sent a letter to the Washington Commanders demanding they return to their former name.
“Native American Guardian’s Association Founder & President Eunice Davidson Sent a Demand Letter Today to Washington ‘Commanders’ Ownership & Key Leadership Formally Requesting The Team Revitalize it’s Relationship With The American Indian Community & Rightfully Change Their Name Back to ‘The Redskins,’” NAGA tweeted, sharing images of the full text of the letter.
🚨BREAKING: Native American Guardian’s Association Founder & President Eunice Davidson Sent a Demand Letter Today to Washington "Commanders" Ownership & Key Leadership Formally Requesting The Team Revitalize it's Relationship With The American Indian Community & Rightfully Change… pic.twitter.com/cpau4hVq6H
— Native American Guardians Association (@GuardiansNative) August 7, 2023
The letter addressed what NAGA deemed “cancel culture” against the Native American population, as well as the erasure of the Native American community’s “steadfast role in American history, including serving as counselors to the Founding Fathers in the creation of the U.S. constitution.”
NAGA went on to detail the history of the Washington NFL team and its relationship with the Native American community, which dated back to the 1933 season when the team was named the Boston Redskins.
“At this moment in history, we are formally requesting that the team revitalize its relationship with the American Indian community by (i) changing the name back to ‘The Redskins’ which recognizes America’s original inhabitants and (ii) using the team’s historic name and legacy to encourage Americans to learn about, not cancel, the history of America’s tribes and our role in the founding of this Great Nation,” the letter stated.
“Should we need to encourage a national boycott similar to what happened with Anheuser Busch (Bud Light) which is now down $27 billion (note, not one brick thrown, not one highway blocked, not one bridge burned) — WE WILL DO JUST THAT,” the letter continued.
In conclusion, NAGA’s letter noted that in 2023, this “oppression and arbitrary and capricious recognition of U.S. history and Constitutional rights is not acceptable” — vowing to stand their ground and pointing out that if “you don’t acknowledge history, we are doomed to repeat it.”
The team announced its decision to remove “Redskins” from its name in 2020 — but waited another two years before declaring its new name, the “Washington Commanders.” The decision came in response to increasing pressure from the far-left, who claimed that the term “Redskins” was racist and offensive to Native Americans — despite numerous Native Americans speaking out in support of the original name.
Washington "Redskins" pic.twitter.com/fEjsfLA0nA
— PragerU (@prageru) April 23, 2023
NAGA also has created a petition to change the team’s name back to the Washington Redskins, which has more than 63,000 signatures.
Over 63,000 have signed so far and it’s just getting started!
End the cancel culture of Native Americans! pic.twitter.com/CgqjaLp1mf
— Eric Spracklen🇺🇸 (@EricSpracklen) August 7, 2023