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Volume 24 No. 216
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American Indian Activists Pleased With Fake News Campaign Against Redskins' Name

The alliance of American Indian activists behind the "elaborate spoof that refueled" the Redskins’ name debate see their campaign as a "major success," according to Samantha Pell of the WASHINGTON POST. Rebecca Nagle, one of the activists behind the campaign, said that one of the "biggest surprises" was the statement released by the Redskins "denying the team would be renamed the Redhawks beginning next year." She said, "Our goal for the campaign was to prove that changing the name would be easy, popular and powerful. So I think that we as native activists have had to fight out this argument of why it should change, and I think we were able to efficiently flip the script." The organizers "see their actions as satire." But Nagle said that it was a "way to start a conversation that had gone dormant, despite other commonly used tactics like protests, petitions and rallies." Pell notes there will "be a rally put on by the activists Sunday just outside" FedExField starting at 10:00am ET before Cardinals-Redskins kicks off at 1:00. T-shirts with the Redhawks logo and mascot will be "handed out for free" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/15).