Oneida Indian Nation funds anti-Redskins robocall blitz

A Washington Redskins helmet. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON (NewsChannel 8) – A series of prerecorded phone messages denouncing the Redskins' name are being placed to homes in the D.C. metro area.

Two local fans, Josh Silver and Ian Washburn, are lending their voices to the series of robocalls. Their message: we love the team but hate the name, referring to what some Native Americans believe is a racial slur.

They're asking other fans to express their outrage by sending letters to the NFL's new Vice President of Social Responsibility Anna Issacson and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The calls are expected to reach 10,000 homes, part of a major media blitz being paid for by the Oneida Indian Nation.

In June, a judge revoked the franchise's trademark rights, under the grounds it was disparaging to Native Americans. The Redskins are now appealing the decision.

Owner Dan Snyder has vowed to keep the name, telling ESPN it represents honor, respect and pride. Silver finds that sentiment offensive.

"If people were cheering for a team called the Nazis, this would affect the psyche of my children," Silver said.

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