UNITED STATES -- A meeting between the Oneida Indian Nation and NFL officials didn't go as well as the Oneidas had hoped.
Nation CEO Ray Halbritter says Commissioner Roger Goodell did not attend Wednesday's meeting in regards to changing the Washington Redskins' mascot.
The Oneida Nation began their Change the Mascot campaign a few months ago. They claim Washington's nickname is offensive and want it switched. Halbritter says NFL officials continue to defend the name, saying it has a history and a legacy. But Oneida Nation leaders say this is a civil rights issue and is a danger to Native Americans' health.
"Washington's team is the word our people heard, American Indians heard when they were dragged at gunpoint off their homelands and forced onto reservations," Halbritter said.
"If someone who is Native American views a Native American mascot, their self-concept goes down, their belief in their community goes down, their mood goes down and their sense of ability to achieve goes down," said Dr. Michael Friedman, a psychologist.
Friedman wrote a scientific report commissioned by the Oneida Nation explaining the harmful effects the Washington mascot has on Native Americans. This report was provided to all the NFL officials during Wednesday's meeting. The Oneida Nation says they will not be silent and will now redouble their efforts on this issue.
Letter to Goodell: