Washington, DC — Nevada Senator Harry Reid sent this letter after Bruce Allen, President of the Washington NFL Team invited Senator Reid to attend a game. Click here for a link to the pdf version. The text of the letter is below:
June 12, 2014
Mr. Bruce Allen
21300 Redskin Park Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147
Dear Mr. Allen:
I received your letter and invitation to attend a Washington, D.C. football team event.
During my time in the United States Senate, I have worked to right many of the injustices endured by Americans throughout the country. Among the most egregious in the history of our country are those injustices inflicted upon American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. This is personal for me. I represent 27 tribes as the Senator from Nevada and have worked to protect their homelands and their sovereignty. I have a duty to ensure that the United States uphold centuries-old treaty and trust obligations towards Native Americans, and I take this responsibility very seriously.
I will not stand idly by while a professional sports team promotes a racial slur as a team name and disparages the American people. Nor will I consider your invitation to attend a home game until your organization chooses to do the right thing and change its offensive name.
United States Senator