Proud Traditions: Reflections of a Lifelong Washington Redskins Fan on the Harjo Decisions & the use of Native American Names in Sports

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2005

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(2 Willamette Sports L.J., no. 1, 2005). The article analyzes the use of Native American or Indian names for sports teams. The author critiques the trademark case Harjo v. Pro Football, Inc., in which the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademark in that name, a decision later reversed by the US District Court for the District of Columbia. The defense of laches can be raised against plaintiffs who bring suit to bar the use of Native American names. The article suggests that a legislative ban on names might be easier to obtain than a judicial one.

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2 Willamette Sports L.J., no. 1, 2005.