Arizona Native American Tribe Rejects Dan Snyder's Offer to Build Skate Park

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 17, 2014

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013, file photo, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walks off the field before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday, April 22, 2014, it's time for people to
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The saga of Dan Snyder trying to keep the Washington Redskins' name and appease those who may be offended by the nickname took another turn on Thursday.    

According to a press release from Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, via Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post, the group has rejected a bid from Snyder's Original Americans Foundation to build a skate park in Arizona:

In the release, Fort Yuma Quechan (Kwatsan) Tribal member Kenrick Escalanti was quoted as saying that Snyder's offering was nothing more than a cheap ploy to make the NFL owner generate positive headlines:

We say, no. There are no questions about this. We will not align ourselves with an organization to simply become a statistic in their fight for name acceptance in Native communities. We’re stronger than that and we know bribe money when we see it.

Escalanti's organization, Kwatsan Media, Inc, is raising $250,000 to build the park, according to EONM.org, as part of a project "to help fight Native youth suicide." 

Also according to the website, tribal members were told accepting the donation from Snyder's organization didn't "imply support for the Redsk*ns name."     

This is the latest in a long line of obstacles for Snyder, who has long fought against changing Washington's nickname. The team lost its trademark in a ruling handed down from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in June when the nickname was deemed to be "disparaging of Native Americans," per the Associated Press, via NFL.com.

Three NFL officials reportedly defended use of the Redskins nickname during an October 2013 meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation, according to Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN.com

Now, with a Native American group openly rejecting money from Snyder and directly calling it a bribe, the Washington owner has an even bigger hill to climb with the public. He doesn't seem in any rush to make a move, so unless the NFL forces a change, perhaps the standoff will last much longer.

Washington is coming off a 2013-14 campaign where it finished a disappointing 3-13. The team has a good chance to rebound and return to the playoffs this season behind new head coach Jay Gruden and star signal-caller Robert Griffin III.

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