Tim Johnson signs on to Democrat letter asking Washington Redskins to change their name; SD Tribes say “Thanks for nothing.”

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.

Read it here.

39 Replies to “Tim Johnson signs on to Democrat letter asking Washington Redskins to change their name; SD Tribes say “Thanks for nothing.””

  1. Fleming

    Okay, good, with one little caveat. Pretty sure that misconstruing Jandreau’s excellent point to be an endorsement of the DC team’s name would be a mistake, Pat. But hey, if you doubt my assertion, you and your football lovin’ brethren could always start calling every Indian American you meet a “Redskin” and see how many friends you make.

  2. Roger Cornelius

    Thank you Senator Johnson, even small gestures mean something and will add to the call to change the team’s name.

    Government promised funding for reservations has been a problem for longer than the Redskins have been around.

    Most logical people would recognize the distinction between the two issues.

  3. Ymous

    When is this worthless senator retiring? Can’t be soon enough. This meaningless waste of time was well summed up by Mr Jandreau. Symbolic votes are just that.

      1. Anonymous

        You may be on to something. Perhaps that is the reason Tim isn’t running. He’s afraid of his vote! With the current status of the democrats running from The Un-Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), with all due respect Mr Flemming, that isn’t ground I would stake my position on. Very shifting sand in my opinion.

    1. Anonymous

      Another worthless, meaningless comment by Ymous. ‘Symbolic votes are just that.’ Umm, duh.

  4. Gap

    Ymous real worthless right he will retire never been beaten by the right wing machine, which you inspire to.Even the basketball boy couldn’t beat him.

    1. Oldguy

      Gap I wish TJ was running then we would see but you are right he did beat Thune or I should say Daschle/Johnson beat Thune but we know how that worked out for TD

      1. Fleming

        As long as we’re speculating, OG, my hunch is that if TJ were running, MR would not be.

        1. duggersd

          I do not know whether Rounds would or would not run against TJ. Did he announce before or after TJ said he was not going to run? In any case, I highly doubt he would have gotten away with 0 debates.

          1. Fleming

            Yes, if I recall, TJ said he wasn’t going to run in the spring (April, I think), and MR announced that same fall (November?). Probably google-able.

  5. El Rayo X

    If push comes to shove and Daniel Snyder is forced to change the team name, might I suggest the Washington Bureaucrats.

      1. Veldy

        Could call it the Washington Democrats, but then again, that’s the party of slavery, would that offend anyone.
        Seriously folks, there’s stuff that offends everyone. Put on your big girl panties and get over it.

  6. Les

    62%Johnson against an unknown Joel Dykstra in a Democratic landslide year and your hunch says Mike Rounds wouldn’t be here if TJ was in it to win it. Don’t let that acid reflux spoil your hunch. Medicate.

      1. Les

        I would say having three years left as governor when the campaign needed to take root(2007) had something to do with it.

  7. duggersd

    The US Senate has time to pass a do-nothing resolution, but it needs more time to “study” a 3 page bill passed by the US House to make it easier to get rid of incompetent VA administrators. They need at least two weeks to “study” this yet they had no need to read a 2000 page bill to ruin the US healthcare system?

    1. Paul

      Why do they need time to study it? Don’t they need to pass it to find out what’s in it? (Thank you, Nancy-I left my real face in San Francisco-Pelosi)

  8. Marcus Ray

    If the Redskins have to change their name then Oklahoma has to change their name.

    Origin comes from choctaw indian okla is red and humma is people. Spanish explorer couldn’t pronounce it or spell it right and Oklahoma was born. Google it. Where’s the outcry?

    1. Anne Beal

      Good point, better re-name the Dakotas while we’re at it, I suggest “Bakken” and “Sanford”

  9. Guest

    Seriously? Why is Congress weighing in on this private matter? These guys are the pinnacle of self-importance.

    Shut up and stick to your constitutional duties. Pretty sure this is not one of them.

    1. Fleming

      There’s nothing “private” about the NFL. It’s one of the most socialist institutions on the planet.

      1. duggersd

        It is still a private enterprise. Gov’t. should have no say in its internal matters.

  10. Troy Jones

    November 2012: Mike Rounds announces he is running for US Senate.

    March 2013: Tim Johnson announces he is not running for re-election.

    May 2013: Rick Wieland announces he is running for the US Senate and Stephanie Herseth announces she is not running.

    June 2013: Brendan Johnson announces he is not running for US Senate.

    July 2013: Larry Rhoden announces he is running for US Senate.

    August 2013: Stace Nelson announces he is running for the US Senate.

    November 2013: Annette Bosworth announces she is running for the US Senate.

    December 2013: Larry Pressler and Jason Ravnsborg announce running for the US Senate.

    1. Fleming

      Troy’s right. So much for my “hunch.” LOL. Looks like MR was going to run no matter who he might be running against.