by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Oneida Indian Nation has come out in praise of DeAngelo Hall for saying the Redskins “probably should” change their team name, viewed by many to be offensive towards Native Americans.

“With his comments today, DeAngelo Hall has become the first current Washington player to state the obvious,” said Oneida representative Ray Halbritter. “Which is that the team should change its name and mascot to something other than a dictionary-defined racial slur that denigrates Native Americans.”

“On behalf of the Oneida Nation’s Change the Mascot campaign I would like to congratulate DeAngelo Hall for having the moral courage to speak out against injustice,” he said. “Hall joins an ever-expanding group who has spoken out against the Washington team’s continued use of the R-word, including public health experts, civil rights groups, editorial boards, city councils, sports-industry icons, leading members of Congress from both parties, and the President of the United States.

In Oct. 2013, President Barack Obama told the Associated Press:

“I’ve got to say, if I were the owner of the team, and I knew that there was a name of my team, even if it had a storied history, that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it.”

“DeAngelo Hall has set a fine example for his teammates and others in the NFL by placing himself on the right side of history,” Halbritter said. “Hopefully others in the NFL, including Washington’s owner Dan Snyder and the league’s leadership will finally decide to step forward and do the right thing.”

In December, a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling showed that 71 percent of registered voters do not think the Redskins should change their name.