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D.C. Council to Urge Redskins Name Change



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    Tuesday, D.C. Council is set to pass a resolution, urging the Redskins to change their name.

    The 13-member council passed a similar resolution in 2001. It comes amid a national debate about the name, which some consider to be offensive to Native Americans. President Barack Obama recently said he would "think about changing" the name if he owned the team.

    The council sent out a blast email Monday, urging Redskin fans to express what the team means to them.

    "As a resident of D.C. and a constituent, we encourage you to share with your council members what #RedskinsPride means to you," the letter read. "Call, fax, email or tweet your opinion directly to the council members."

    Former Mayor Marion Barry, a life-long Redskin fan, told News4 it's time for team owner Dan Snyder to act.

    "I love the Redskins," Barry said. "I was pushing for them yesterday, but this is too serious. Snyder ought to be ashamed of himself."

    Snyder has vehemently expressed he has no plans to change the name.

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