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Washington Redskins To Change Name, Consider New Moniker Honoring Military and Native Americans

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After years of debate between Native American tribes, executives, and sports fans, the Washington Redskins have officially announced its controversial name and logo will be retired and a new set of designs for the football team are in the works — the aim is to honor the United States military and Native Americans.

“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” according to the press release.

The Navajo Nation said the old logo was “racist” and “disparaging” and they welcomed the change.

“For generations, this team name and logo has misrepresented the true history and events that define the term ‘redskins,” the Navajo Nation said.

While giving no details of the new name, Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera said in a July 4 interview that he is hoping to honor the United States military in the new name, while being respectful to Native Americans.

Rivera is the son of a veteran and grew up traveling to different military bases around the world.

Some proposed names on Twitter and other sites are the Washington Warriors, the Washington Code Talkers, and the Washington Red Tails.

The Code Talkers proposal is from the Navajo Nation and honors Navajo bilingual speakers who served in World War Two in the Pacific theatre. Their ability to serve as communication assets for the US helped ensure a victory against Japan.

The Red Tails proposal honors the Tuskegee Airmen from World War Two — the first African American and Caribbean military aviators in the US military. The planes of the airmen had red tails, giving them the nickname.

Online betting and reports show Red Tails as the leading contender to replace the now-former controversial Native American name.

The announcement is expected in the coming days.

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DHS protects ‘privacy’ of migrants on terror watchlist

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Fox News reporter Bill Melugin filed a Freedom of Information Act request that sought the nationalities of individuals on the terror watchlist who entered the United States illegally. No more identifying information such as their names or location were requested; nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded that the right to ‘privacy’ of the migrants on the watchlist outweighs the public’s right to know.

The denial of the request occurred on the same day that at least one illegal immigrant reportedly on the terror watchlist was apprehended while attempting to infiltrate the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, reports Just The News.

“The privacy interests of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information,” the department told Melugin in a letter, he wrote in a post on X. “Any private interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementioned balancing test.”

Melugin pushed back on the rejection in a post to social media on Thursday, defending his request for the information and claiming that most of the rejection had nothing to do with what he was asking for. He also vowed to appeal the decision.

“I did not ask for any names, IDs, addresses, anything that would breach privacy, nor did I ask for any law enforcement sensitive information,” Melugin said. “I simply requested *only* the nationalities of people arrested on the list, so the public can have an understanding of where in the world they are coming from.”

Just The News adds that the border crisis and influx of illegal migrants has resulted in at least 736 known or suspected terrorists being released into the country in fiscal year 2023. In this fiscal year, at least 210 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended and then released into the country as of March 22.

 

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