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The REAL Story behind the ‘Redskins’ Name

In his new book, How the Redskins Got Their Name, M. Andre Billeaudeaux explores the truth behind the Redskins team name. He reports that the term was used by a few tribes who used red ceremonial body paint before going into battle. Billeadeaux notes that the Oneida tribe, who vocally oppose the team name, were not among the tribes who participated in this tradition and likened their opposition to “…the British (as a different nation) complaining or finding offense with the American NFL name “Patriot” – it’s not Britain’s business to complain about a team specific to our nation. Nor is it the Oneida “nation’s” business to complain about the Redskins 'nation’s' name.”

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