LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Ahead of a planned meeting between Roger Goodell and members of the Oneida Indian Nation, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sat down with the NFL commissioner on Tuesday.
The two met in New York and Snyder once again told Goodell he has no plans to change the Redskins’ name, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post, citing two people familiar with the meeting.
Snyder has remained steadfast the franchise will not change its name despite continuing protests and lawsuits from Native American tribes who say the term “Redskin” is a racial slur.
The purpose of Tuesday’s meeting was “to get more of an understanding from the club as to how it plans to address the issue,” according to The Post.
The meeting between Goodell and tribal members is scheduled for Wednesday, also in New York.
Snyder recently sent a letter defending his position and the team name to season ticket holders.
“I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country,” Snyder wrote. “After 81 years, the team name ‘Redskins’ continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.”
President Barack Obama stated he would “think about changing” the name if he were the club’s owner.