In an effort to counteract the extensive negative press that the team has received and show that the Redskins actually do (or appear to) care for the Native American community, Dan Snyder announced back in March the establishment of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, a campaign to provide assistant to needy Native tribes. This NFL largesse amounted to a couple thousand coats and a backhoe.
Suffice it to say, the public was not exactly blown away by the sincerity or the generosity of the program. Neither, evidently, are Native Americans themselves. Case in point: a Native American tribe rejected money from the Redskins to build a skate park.
From a release from the organization Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry:
On Wednesday, July 16, 2014 representatives from Washington Redsk*ns owner Dan Snyder’s foundation Original Americans Foundation met with the Fort Yuma Quechan (Kwatsan) Tribe today to offer them a blank check to build a memorial skate park. They even brought a park designer with them with renderings of the skate park in burgundy and gold. Tribal representatives refused the offer.
Tribal member Kenrick Escalanti, whose organization Kwatsan Media, Inc. is raising $250,000 to build The Quechan Memorial Skatepark was invited to present the funding needs for the project which seeks to help fight Native youth suicide said, “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.”
Tribal leaders were assured by representatives from the Original Americans Foundation that acceptance of the money would not be construed or pushed as approval of the Redskins name. And still the tribe declined.