Copy of this check hit the Internet earlier this week
Published August 5, 2015
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA—The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council voted on Wednesday to refuse all money from the Washington NFL football team and The Washington Redsk*ns Original Americans Foundation that was set up by Dan Synder, owner of the Washington Redsk*ns, on the pretense to assist American Indians.
The Tribal Council’s vote includes a $25,000 check made out to the Cheyenne River Rodeo Association, dated July 10, 2015 that made its way to the Internet earlier this week. The money was presumbably to assist with an upcoming rodeo on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
The motion passed on Wednesday reads, in part:
“Motion that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reject any and all payments received or payments negotiated with the Washington Redsk*ns and/or their organization the Washington Redsk*ns Original Americans Foundation, and that Chairman Fraizer and the Tribe cease all unsanctioned communication the Washington Redsk*ns and any person or group associated with them.”
After the check was posted on the Internet, several Cheyenne River Souix Tribe’s citizen organized a protest that included a march to the Tribal Council chambers prior to Wednesday’s meeting.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council’s action demonstrates a sense of solidarity for American Indians across Indian Country who are adamantly opposed to the continued usage of the Washington NFL team’s name that is considered racist and hurtful to American Indians everywhere.