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Oneida Takes Redskins’ Name Complaint to United Nations

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Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative.  (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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VERONA, N.Y. — The Oneida Indian leader from upstate New York who has become a high-profile critic of the Washington Redskins’ nickname has taken his case to the United Nations.

The Oneida Indian Nation says Ray Halbritter met Friday with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan. Halbritter argues that the team’s nickname is racially insensitive. He said he discussed his hope the team would change its name and the U.N.’s global role in combatting racism in sports.

The NFL team was already facing a fresh round of criticism when the Oneidas began airing radio advertisements during the NFL’s regular season critical of the nickname.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has called the name “a badge of honor” and said it won’t be changed.

Halbritter says the campaign will continue.

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