Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

October 16, 2013

Oneida grandstanding for publicity

— — I have done a little research on the Oneida nation, the only Indian nation objecting to the Redskin name, and I haven’t been able to find out how many exist today. However, I now get the reason for their “uproar.”

The Oneida have been involved in litigation beginning in 1970 to reclaim lands from New York. The Oneida have lost at every turn, but in May of this year a settlement was negotiated. According to Wikipedia, on May 16, “New York State announced an agreement with the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, Oneida County, and Madison County to resolve all outstanding land claims and taxation litigation between the parties. The agreement requires approvals by the New York State Legislature, Oneida County, Madison County, United States Department of the Interior, New York State Attorney General, as well as judicial approval.”

Wow! Have the Oneida been grandstanding to get their way? Absolutely! The objection to the Redskin name is simply a way to publicize the Oneida name and give them a “perceived” advantage with the government entities involved, including those in Washington D.C. The Oneida have not lodged objections to any other “indian” or “indian related” names.

I guess they aren’t located anywhere near to our nation’s capital.

Susan Henderson

Bluefield

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