During an interview with Redskins Nation, Native American Indian Chief Stephen Dodson expressed his support for the team name Redskins. He said he feels pride in his past heritage, and that the term Redskin brings honor. You can read the full transcript and watch the interview here.
This has been a hot button topic for the region for a while, and his recently come into the spotlight more with DC council members calling for name changes and ESPN doing spots on the name change controversy.
Whether you feel one way or the other, this interview is a must see/read for Redskins fans. Here are some of his quotes:
“We don’t have a problem with [the name] at all; in fact we’re honored. We’re quite honored.”
“It is [an honor], it’s a heritage. There’s a lot of respect in it. A great pinnacle part of who we are as a nation has to do with pride and honor. And the Redskin name is that,” he said. “That’s one of the things we use as honor and respect toward each other.
“[I am] Irritated. Irritated is a polite term to say,” he said. “When you have people trying to represent our nation, you should be from our nation. Don’t represent our nation if you don’t even have an ounce of blood in you.
Regardless of how you feel about the topic, you should definitely check out the interview and get Chief Dodson’s take on it. He takes extreme pride in his past, and is not only not offended by the name Redskins, but he accepts the name in honor. He also seems to be a little fed up with people outside of the Native American nation who are expressing their displeasure with the name.
So until further notice, keep hailing to the Redskins.