Oneida Indian Nation Statement Regarding Revelations Surrounding the Washington NFL Team’s New Foundation

 

Oneida Nation Homelands, NY (PRWEB) March 28, 2014

The Oneida Indian Nation, which leads the national Change the Mascot campaign, responded today to an article in  USA Today* concerning the Washington NFL team’s newly-announced foundation.

The newspaper cited a report by the Office of Inspector General determining that  the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) awarded,  and then terminated, a $1 million contract to the organization whose CEO is the  leader of the new foundation announced this week by Washington’s NFL team.

The Office of Inspector General report** describes the agreement with the  National Native American Law Enforcement Association as “a defective contract  that was neither open to competition nor embodied fair and transparent business  practices.” It concludes: “BIA wasted almost $1 million of appropriated funds to  fill critically needed law enforcement officers positions in Indian Country.”

The report stated: “We found that OJS received no benefit when they awarded a  recruitment services contract to NNALEA, thus wasting almost $1 million…The  contract contained significant defects, allowing NNALEA to take advantage of OJS  to produce unusable contract deliverables.”

Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said in response to these  latest revelations:

“This is part of a disturbing, but hardly surprising pattern of behavior by  team owner Dan Snyder and his team. Mr. Snyder first insisted that using a  dictionary defined racial slur is a way to honor Native Americans. He then hired  a former associate of notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who helped bilk Native  Americans, and selected a person who financially harmed Native Americans to run  a foundation to defend his team’s name. These aren’t accidents, but part of a  systematic campaign to denigrate Native Americans by a team owner who will stop  at nothing to keep the team’s offensive name.”

“Mr. Snyder and the NFL should heed the calls from the nation’s top political  leaders, including Members of Congress from both parties and the President, as  well as civil rights organizations, faith leaders, sports icons, journalists,  and Native American organizations who have taken a stand against the offensive  R-word epithet.  The time is long overdue for Snyder, his team and the NFL to  stop slurring Native Americans and instead place themselves on the right side of  history.”