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Indians challenge use of ‘Redskins’ name August 15, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in American Indians, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Football, Indians Fight Redskins Name, Morning Star Institute, Native American Journalists Association, NFL, Petition, racially offensive, Redskins trademark, Suzan Shown Harjo, Washington, Washington Redskins.
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American Indians have filed a new legal challenge to the Washington Redskins’ trademark, contending the NFL team’s name is racially offensive, speakers at the Native American Journalists Association national convention said Friday.

A petition to cancel the trademark was filed Friday with a board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington.

“There is no compromise with racism,” Suzan Shown Harjo, president of the Morning Star Institute, said at the conference. The institute is a Washington-based non-profit organization that advances Indian causes.

“Power concedes nothing,” she said. “You have to go in and make change happen.”

The patent office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board backed a similar petition filed in 1992. That decision was overturned on appeal, but the door was left open for another attempt to invalidate the trademark, Harjo said.

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