(From Rare) While there are many members within the Native American community that take offense to the Washington Redskins mascot, Navajo Nation president Ben Shelley is not one of them.
Shelley was spotted sporting a Redskins cap while sitting next to Redskins owner Dan Snyder during the team’s Sunday game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Meanwhile, demonstrators protested the name outside the game.
According to Shelley’s spokesman, “Shelly was there to support a franchising agreement in which Snyder agreed to sell Navajo art and crafts at FedEx Field,” CNN reports.
At a game last year against the San Francisco 49ers game, IJ Review points out, four Navajo Code Talkers were recognized for their service in World War II.
The Navajo Code Talkers leader Roy Hawthorne said of the Washington Redskins’ name: “[It] is a symbol of loyalty and courage — not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed.”
Despite these moments of solidarity, the Navajo Nation voted against the use of the Redskins name 9-2 last April.
Shelley also was voted out of his position this year after failing to win re-election.