Indian Country Celebrates Redskins Trademark Revocation

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Celebration spread throughout Indian country June 18 following a ruling from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that cancels the Washington Redskins trademark registration.

The revocation of six of the team’s trademarks was necessary, the USPTO ruled, because the football team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff in the case against the team, was “elated” by the news, according to her lawyer, Jesse Witten, of the Drinker Biddle firm.

“It is a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans,” Blackhorse said in a statement. “We filed our petition eight years ago, and it has been a tough battle ever since.”

Blackhorse hopes this ruling “brings us a step closer to the inevitable day when the name of the Washington football team will be changed.

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