Video: Newseum NOW!: What’s in a (team) name?

The confrontation between some Native American groups and Washington’s NFL team ownership over the team nickname “Redskins” took a new turn – and took on a First Amendment tinge – when a petition was filed with the Federal Communications Commission, asking it to ban use of the team nickname as indecent and unfit for the nation’s public airwaves.

On Oct. 5, the Newseum Institute’s Gene Policinski explored the issues involved in this controversial question during a panel discussion with George Solomon, former assistant managing editor for sports at The Washington Post and current director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland, and Jacqueline Johnson Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, a nonprofit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and communities.

Newseum NOW! is a new series of “on-the-news” programs from the Newseum Institute.

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