Students write letters addressing “Redskin” name dispute

Created: 07/23/2014 6:40 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Today, students at the Native American Summer Academy in Rio Rancho took matters into their own hands when it comes to the name "Redskin".

Many of the students agree with the nationwide push. They think the name "Redskin" is offensive. It's all about history, or rather, what they feel is a lack of understanding it.

Their letters will have several mailing addresses. One of them will be to Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins.

"The kids want to ask them, knowing about the history and the definition of the word "Redskin", why do they still have them," said Monica Molina, a teacher at the academy.

The letters will also go to the Washington Post as well as a school right here in New Mexico that still has that logo: C.C. Snell Middle School near Silver City.

Lewis John, a student at the academy and a member of the Navajo tribe, wrote to the school saying, "there's only 2% of Native Americans at that school. How do you think they feel about this name?"

He feels that the logo and the name are a misrepresentation of Native Americans.

Fellow student Angelina Lamberti wrote, "I understand that the word "Redskin" does not necessarily define the Native American nation. Their culture is so unique and many of the people of their culture are bright, intelligent, and talented people."

However, she doesn't quite see the name "Redskin" as offensive.

"The only person who it's bothering is yourself. It's your self-esteem. It's just who you are," she said.

The students plan on mailing out those letters tomorrow.

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