On March 21, H.R. 1278, was introduced in the House by Rep. Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa) and nine co-sponsors in hopes to ban the trademarking of the term “redskins” and other racist language against Native Americans, a move the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) fully supports.
The Non-Disparagement of Native American Persons or Peoples in Trademark Registration Act of 2013, if passed, would strip the Washington football team of its trademarked name and put a stop to its exclusive profiteering from using the racist slur in its logo on sweatshirts, tee shirts, caps, coffee mugs, and dozens of other products flooding the market, Indian Country Today Media Network reported on March 21.
“NARF commends Rep. Faleomavaega and all the original sponsors of this important bill, which sends a clear signal that some members of Congress do not take anti-Native stereotyping and discrimination lightly. These Representatives now join Native American nations, organizations and people who have lost patience with the intransigence of the Washington pro football franchise in holding on to the indefensible – a racial epithet masquerading as a team name,” a statement from the nonprofit law firm said.