“It’s a blatant attempt to try to buy out the issue,” – Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association
WASHINGTON – On Friday, the National Indian Gaming Association, based in Washington, D.C., pulled its sponsorship of a charity golf tournament being held today, Saturday, April 12 because of its association with title sponsor –the Washington Redsk*ns Original American Foundation.
The newly formed foundation is the brainchild of the Washington NFL team owner, Dan Snyder has faced tremendous criticism in Indian country due to Mr. Snyder’s refusal to change the offensive name of the NFL team.
Most American Indians consider the R-word comparable to N-word.
Many in Indian country see the new foundation’s formation as a “divide-and-conquer” tactic — the kind of tactic that has been historically used by non-Natives to “buy-off” support among certain American Indians.
“It’s a blatant attempt to try to buy out the issue,” said Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, to USA TODAY Sports.
The Washington Redsk*ns Original Americans Foundation First Annual KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament is being held today at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona. According to printed material, the golf outing’s proceeds are to benefit college scholarships for American Indian student.
Ernie Stevens, Jr. – Chairman of National Indian Gaming Association
Why the National Indian Gaming Association was involved as a sponsor with the golf tournament was not immediately known. A call to the organization by the Native News Online was not returned by publication time.
Resistance to the organization’s sponsorship was voiced on Friday by the group, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, when the group became aware of the Washington Redsk*ns Original American Foundation golf tournament.
The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), established in 1985, is a non-profit organization of 184 American Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around the country.