D.C. to urge Redskins to change name
WASHINGTON- The District of Columbia Council takes up a resolution next week to ask the Washington Redskins to change the name of the team, which some consider offensive to Native Americans.
The council passed a similar measure in 2001 and this new one has broad support on the 13-member body.
The resolution no longer suggests a new nickname for the team, although one member wanted the name "Redtails" in honor of the Tuskegee Airman of World War II.
The tails of the Tuskegee unit's planes were painted a distinctive red.
The D.C. Council has no jurisdiction over the team and the name change gained steam when members of the Oneida Indian Nation got involved and requested a meeting with all 32 NFL team owners the week of the Super Bowl in February.