The Argus is reporting today that Democrats sent a symbolic letter to the owners of the Washington Redskins to change the name of their team, and US Senator Tim Johnson joined them.
The reaction from SD Tribes? Thanks for nothing:
The letter, signed by 49 senators, says that recent action taken by the NBA against Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his racist remarks “opened up a national conversation about race relations.”
In their letter, Johnson and the other senators note that professional sports have tremendous power to influence society and strengthen communities.
Michael Jandreau, chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, said if Congress was really interested in helping Native Americans, lawmakers would focus their attention on making sure tribes received money they have been promised and work to eliminate hurdles that make it harder for economic growth and prosperity on the reservation, rather than throwing their weight behind changing a team name.