Activist Compares Redskins' Foundation to "Bribery"

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014  |  Updated 6:37 AM PDT
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An American Indian activist says Dan Snyder's attempt to assist Native Americans is "somewhere between a PR assault and bribery."

Suzan Shown Harjo told the Associated Press on Monday night that Snyder is showing the "same arrogance" that he's shown previously when defending a team nickname that many consider racist.

Snyder is creating the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which he says will "provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities" for Native Americans. He announced it in a letter to the team's fans and gave no financial details.

Snyder again gave no indication that he plans to change the team's name.

Harjo has been a lead figure in a case that seeks to strip the Redskins of their federal trademark protection.

In addition, Oneida Indian Nation officials say the name is a racial slur, and several publications have stopped using the "Redskins" moniker. Even President Obama has chimed in on what he would do if he were Snyder.

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