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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejects Redskins tickets, calls name 'a racial slur'

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen he is “promoting a racial slur by retaining the team name."

Reid sent a letter to Allen to reject his invitation to attend a Redskins game.

Reid, whose state includes 27 Native American tribes, said he won’t reconsider the invitation until the Redskins name is dropped for a new name.

The Redskins name, he said, also “disgraces the American people.”

In April, Reid delivered a speech on the Senate floor calling on the NFL to put pressure on the team to change the name.

In May, 50 Democratic Senators sent a letter to the NFL, calling on the league to force the team to drop the name.

Team owner Daniel Snyder said he does not intend to rename the team.

Here is Reid’s letter to Allen:

June 12, 2014

Mr. Bruce Allen

President

Washington Redskins

21300 Redskin Park Drive

Ashburn, VA 20147

Dear Mr. Allen:

I received your letter and invitation to attend a Washington, D.C. football team event.

During my time in the United States Senate, I have worked to right many of the injustices endured by Americans throughout the country. Among the most egregious in the history of our country are those injustices inflicted upon American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. This is personal for me. I represent 27 tribes as the Senator from Nevada and have worked to protect their homelands and their sovereignty. I have a duty to ensure that the United States uphold centuries-old treaty and trust obligations towards Native Americans, and I take this responsibility very seriously.

I will not stand idly by while a professional sports team promotes a racial slur as a team name and disparages the American people. Nor will I consider your invitation to attend a home game until your organization chooses to do the right thing and change its offensive name.

Sincerely,

Harry Reid

United States Senator

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Susan Ferrechio

Chief Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner