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Somoan rep in Washington rips Redskins nickname Dan Leberfeld

Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D.-American Samoa) has major issues with the Washington Redskins nickname, and made the following comments on the floor of the House of Representatives . . .

“It is not even about sports,” Faleomavaega said. “This is a moral issue that reaches far back to the time when Native Americans were not only considered outcasts but deemed enemies, rebels and traitors by the colonial government. The only sporting involved was the game of hunting and killing Indians like animals for money.

“The origin of term ‘Redskin’, Mr. Speaker, is commonly attributed to the historical act of not only killing Native Americans, but also cutting off certain body parts and scalping. Even scalping heads of women and children.”